Arini Byng is an artist who makes body-based work. Born on Gadigal land, she is of Lenape and African American descent. Arini works with the affective qualities of materials, gestures and settings — undertaking exercises in image, movement and form to negotiate political scenes. Arini’s performances and videos are complex, intimate studies in gesture and action. Her work has been exhibited across Australia including Blak Dot Gallery, Watch This Space, Neon Parc project space, MPavilion, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Blindside, Bus Projects, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, The Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, and The Centre for Contemporary Photography; selected works published by Perimeter Editions, Higher Arc, Le Roy and Photofile; and with work held in publication collections of V&A, MoMA, MOCA and Tate Modern. Arini lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne) on the unceded sovereign lands and waterways of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung (Wurundjeri) people of the Kulin Nation.

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Forthcoming

2021

Solo Exhibition, CAVES, Naarm (Melbourne)

2021

Solo Exhibition, TCB, Naarm (Melbourne)

Selected Solo/Collaborative Exhibitions and Performances

2020

(indistinct chatter), Centre for Contemporary Photography, Naarm (Melbourne)

2020

I thought you might have needed the space, SEVENTH, Naarm (Melbourne)

2020

Sinkhole IX, with Jess Gall & Rebecca Jensen, MPavilion, Naarm (Melbourne)

2019

Remember what you heard when you weren’t even listening, Watch This Space, Mparntwe 
(Alice Springs)

2019

Live Work, with Aaron Christopher Rees, Blindside, Naarm (Melbourne)

2019

Live Work, with Aaron Christopher Rees, Kings Ari, Naarm (Melbourne)

2019

Before Taking any Action, National Gallery of Victoria MEL&NYC program with c3 Contemporary Artspace, Naarm (Melbourne)

2019

Talking to the back of your head, Bus Projects, Naarm (Melbourne)

2019

Sinkhole VII, with Jess Gall & Rebecca Jensen, RMIT Design Hub, curated by Liquid Architecture, Naarm (Melbourne)

2018

Sinkhole V, with Jess Gall & Rebecca Jensen, 215 Albion/Neon Parc, curated by Shelley Lasica and Zoe Theodore, Naarm (Melbourne)

2018

Sinkhole, with Jess Gall and Rebecca Jensen, Irene Rose, Naarm (Melbourne)

2017

Before Taking any Action, Hobiennale, Nipaluna (Hobart)

2017

The sound in the form of a word, c3 Contemporary Artspace, Naarm (Melbourne)

2015

it’s a fountain, Bus Projects, Naarm (Melbourne)

2014

Adult Contemporary, with Georgia Hutchison, Edmund Pearce, Naarm (Melbourne)

2013

Product Placement II, with Georgia Hutchison, Ryan Renshaw, Miguntyun (Melbourne)

2013

Moved Objects, with Georgia Hutchison, Perimeter, Naarm (Melbourne)

2012

Under Value, with Georgia Hutchison, Perimeter, Naarm (Melbourne)

Selected Group Exhibitions and Performances

2019

Connecting in the grey zone, curated by Anador Walsh, mentor Mark Feery, Blindside, Naarm (Melbourne)

2019

Film on Film: Multi-Realities on Screen and Beyond, curated by Milda Valiulytė in association with Next Wave, Naarm (Melbourne)

2018

A sinking feeling (The politics of Risk), curated by Bella Hone-Saunders, Blak Dot Gallery, Naarm (Melbourne)

2016

Paper Movies, curated by Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT, USA

2015

The Object as Score, curated by Nathan Gray, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Naarm (Melbourne)

2015

Lit from the top: Sculpture Through Photography , curated by Sarah Wall & Laura Lantieri, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Naarm (Melbourne)

2014

4 x 10, curated by Helen Hughes & Joel Stern, Slopes, Naarm (Melbourne)

2014

Bus Projects Fundraiser, Bus Projects, Naarm (Melbourne)

2014

Brunswick Lake, curated by Isadora Vaughan & Jahnne Pasco-White, Brunswick Lake, Naarm (Melbourne)

2014

Moved Objects, Printed Matter, The Geffen Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2013

Product Placement, Seventh, Naarm (Melbourne)

2012

Under Value, New York Art Book Fair, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA PS1), Long Island, NY, USA

2012

Under Value, Tokyo Art Book Fair, Tokyo

2011

New Low, Goodtimes Studios, Naarm (Melbourne)

2011

One of the Ones, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (external), Naarm (Melbourne)

2011

Paper Planes, The Paper Mill, Djubuguli (Sydney)

2010

Everything’s Alright, Sufi choir ensemble Hossein Ghaemi, Roslyn Oxley 9, Djubuguli (Sydney)

Publications and Commissions

  • Photofile issue 96, Djubuguli (Sydney)

  • Le Roy issue 1, DDMMYY, Aotearoa (New Zealand)

  • Adult Contemporary, Higher Arc issue 4, Naarm (Melbourne)

  • Try Hard Magazine, Djubuguli (Sydney)

  • Moved Objects, Perimeter Editions, Naarm (Melbourne)

Awards, Collections, Residencies and Grants

2020

Australia Council for the Arts Resilience Grant

2020

Creative Victoria Sustaining Creative Workers Grant

2019

Yarra Small Projects Grant

2019

Yarra Room To Create Residency

2016

V&A Museum British Art Library collection

2016

Tate Modern Publication collection

2016

MoMa Library collection

2016

MOCA Publication collection

2015

Nava Australian Artist’s Grant

2014

Moved Objects, Emmaho (Most Interesting Australian Photobook 2013)

2014

Creative Victoria VicArts Grant

2013

Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

2010

Joel Corrigan Memorial Prize for Photography

Academic Details

2013

Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Victorian College of Arts, Naarm (Melbourne)

2010

Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School, Djubuguli (Sydney)