Supported by North Metropolitan TAFE.
Deanna will be spending time at PICA developing a dialogue between the printed and projected/moving image. Her new video work, titled Liberty, is an extension of her current exploration into the complexities of Australian identity. Having grown up in a bi-cultural home, Deanna is interested in how these relations are figured, recorded and practised, informing our understanding of self and other. Most of her research has been centred around historic representations of Middle Eastern people and how these ideas do not reflect but present distorted images. Liberty explores racism and cultural identity in a wider context within Australia.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Deanna Hitti is an Australian artist based in Melbourne with Lebanese heritage. Her multi-disciplinary arts practice spans over 20 years. She examines the foundations of different ideas and representations of the Middle East. Referencing historical and cultural material, she employs different methods of printing such as Screen printing, Cyanotypes and photography to create artist books and large scaled prints. Her works have been short listed in numerous Australian art awards and prizes including the 2019 Darebin Art Prize and was acquired in the 2018 National works on Paper Prize.
Most recently her artist book Towla was the recipient of the 2018 Fremantle Art Centre Print Award. Along with numerous Artbook Fairs in Melbourne, Sydney and New York, Hitti has exhibited nationally and internationally in group and solo shows including 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney), The Centre for Book Arts (New York), IMPACT8 Conference (Scotland).
During the past three years, she has undertaken extensive research through artist residencies in Australia at Bundanon Trust NSW and Megalo Print Studio in ACT. In 2015 she was invited by The Guanlan Original Printmaking Base in China to spend three months researching, developing and collaborated with the studio master printers to print her artist book Assimilated Museum. In 2017 Hitti undertook a three month partial fellowship at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, where she researched Italian artists Gentile Bellini and Vittore Carpaccio, retracing their steps in referencing Middle Eastern people in their paintings. Her works have been acquired by major Australian collections including The State Library of Victoria and The National Library of Australia.