Art, Laneways Blogged by: Melbourne Central 16 Mar 2016 View comments
Hannah Raisin's ‘Soak I’
Blogged by: Melbourne Central 16 Mar 2016 View comments
Hannah Raisin
 

Sensation, bodily action and interaction inform the politics of Hannah Raisin’s performance, video and photographic practice. In her work she uses actions and handmade costumes as a framework for questioning social and cultural conventions.
 
In 2012 Raisin received first-class honours from the Victorian College of the Arts. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia since 2007. Most recently she became a 2016 recipient of an Asialink Arts residency to Bangalore, India. In 2013 she received both the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart and New Work Grants. In 2012 she received VCA’s Rosemary Ricker, Shermerdine Art, Substation and NGV Women’s Association awards. She received a 2010 Jump mentorship, 2009 Next Wave Kickstart, was a member of Arts Victoria’s Youth Arts Reference Group (2010-2012) and was also co-founder and board member of Rear View Gallery in Collingwood from 2008 to 2010.
 
Hannah Raisin
‘Soak I’

2015. HD video, looped, edition of 3 and 1AP. 4:00 minutes.
 
Sensation, bodily action and interaction inform the politics of Hannah Raisin’s performance, video and photographic practice. In her work she uses actions and handmade costumes as a framework for questioning social and cultural conventions. More recently these playful reimaginings of the human body and its politics have manifested in gestures of enveloping, holding, and amphibious folding.
 
Her series Soak was developed on a residency program in outback Australia. It depicts the water that seasonally invigorates the northern landscape and celebrates the sensation of being immersed in mythic water holes and arid desert. Exploring what it is to be a contemporary Australian female in an iconic, yet foreign landscape, Raisin offers a scenario where we question our own familiarity with this place that we inhabit.
 
This new work uncovers the hypnotic and anxious sensations of holding, climbing, floating and tumbling, actions that unfold as a conversation between person, landscape and skin.
 
Hannah Raisin
‘Soak II’

2015. HD video, looped, edition of 3 and 1AP, 0:30 minutes.
 
Sensation, bodily action and interaction inform the politics of Hannah Raisin’s performance, video and photographic practice. In her work she uses actions and handmade costumes as a framework for questioning social and cultural conventions. More recently these playful reimaginings of the human body and its politics have manifested in gestures of enveloping, holding, and amphibious folding.
 
Her series Soak was developed on a residency program in outback Australia. It depicts the water that seasonally invigorates the northern landscape and celebrates the sensation of being immersed in mythic water holes and arid desert. Exploring what it is to be a contemporary Australian female in an iconic, yet foreign landscape, Raisin offers a scenario where we question our own familiarity with this place that we inhabit.
 
This new work uncovers the hypnotic and anxious sensations of holding, climbing, floating and tumbling, actions that unfold as a conversation between person, landscape and skin.

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