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Zanny Begg and Jiva Parthipan in conversation with Katrina Schlunke


A UNSW Galleries and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition

Start Date

Jan 28, 2023 11:00 am

End Date

Jan 28, 2023 12:30 pm


Plimsoll Gallery

Zanny Begg, Stories of Kannagi

Image Credit: Zanny Begg, Stories of Kannagi (still) 2019. Image courtesy of the artist

Please join award winning artist and filmmaker Zanny Begg and artistic collaborator Jiva Parthipan for this in-person discussion with Katrina Schlunke.

Saturday 28 January 2023
11:00 - 12:30 pm

Plimsoll Gallery
University of Tasmania
37 Hunter St, Hobart

The discussion will expand on themes of Zanny Begg | These Stories Will be Different and will delve into the use of film to explore hidden and contested histories and examines different ways in which we can live and exist in the world.  The artists will discuss their wider practice as relates to gender, race and social justice

Zanny Begg | These Stories Will be Different brings together three of the artist’s most significant video installations that explore contested histories, including The City of Ladies (with Elise McLeod), The Beehive, and Stories of Kannagi. The videos tell stories, but they also challenge the politics of storytelling itself and invite you to see the world differently.

A UNSW Galleries and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Saturday 10 December - Saturday 28 January 2023
11am – 4pm Tuesdays – Saturdays
Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays

Additional summer hours
closed between: 23 Dec 2022 – 3 Jan 2023, reopening Wed 4 Jan

About the speakers

Zanny Begg

Zanny Begg is an artist and film maker living in Bulli, on Dharawal land. She uses film, drawing and installation to explore hidden and contested histories, and examines different ways in which we can live and exist in the world. Through her practice, Begg has explored macro-political themes such as alter-globalisation protests, and micro-political worlds, such as children in maximum-security prison.

Begg was the recipient of the 66th Blake Prize Established Artist Residency 2021, and one of six artists selected for the ACCA Open Commission in 2020. She was the winner of the inaugural ACMI and Artbank film commission in 2018, the recipient of both the Incinerator Art Award and Terrance and Lynnette Fern Cite Residency, Paris in 2016, and was selected by Werner Herzog to attend the Rogue Film School in 2015.

Begg has a PhD in Art Theory, with a focus on the socially engaged art that emerged between the 1999 World Trade Organisation Protests in Seattle and the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. She was the Director of Tin Sheds Gallery within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney (2010-2014), and a lecturer at UNSW Art and Design (2014-2020), where she created a unit on Socially Engaged Art.

Recent film works include Magic Mountains (2020), Stories of Kannagi (2020), The Beehive (2018), The City of Ladies (with Elise McLeod) (2018), The Bullwhip Effect (2017), 1001 Nights in Fairfield (2015), and Doing Time (2014). Begg’s work is held in numerous public and private art collections such as the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Artbank; Queensland University Art Collection; Campbelltown Arts Centre; Cruthers Collection of Womens Art, The University of Western Australia; The Neuer Berliner Kunstverien, Germany; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain.

Jiva Parthipan

Jiva Parthipan is a curator, director and community artist based in Sydney and working internationally. Trained in Classical Indian dance, gaining his Masters in Performance from Goldsmith College, London, Jiva was the first male dancer to perform with Shobana Jeyasingh, pioneering British Indian contemporary dance company. Jiva’s multidisciplinary performance works have been seen at Tate Modern; ICA London; International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, Paris / Dublin; National Review of Live Arts, Glasgow; Performance Space, Sydney; Bone Festival Switzerland; Jomba Festival South Africa to name a few. Since migrating to Australia, credits as creative producer include Handfed, MCA; Little Baghdad with Powerhouse Youth Theatre and the Australian Museum; Dance Africa Dance, Riverside, Parramatta. As cultural development officer at STARTTS in Western Sydney, Jiva‘s work mediates artists from diverse emerging communities. Stories of Kannagi, a video work creatively produced by Jiva and directed by Zanny Begg won the residency prize of the 2020 Blake Prize.

Katrina Schlunke

Dr Katrina Schlunke writes and researches about the interconnections between art, sex, race, Indigenous interventions, natural history and extinction. She is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery project ‘Beyond Extinction: Reconstructing the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) Archive’. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney (Department of Gender and Cultural Studies) and the University of Tasmania (School of Creative Arts and Media). Katrina’s most recent poem ‘Burning Captain Cook’ was published in Southerly;'The Way We Live Now', 2022.

Plimsoll Gallery Manager: Jane Barlow
Install team: Anna Eden, Josh Prouse and Lili Pearson