Gabriella Hirst is a video and performance artist from Sydney, Australia, currently based in London. Her practice is grounded in moving image, however she frequently works with ceramics, textile, sound, and organic matter – working with materials in a holistic and research-based manner. Her research is focused upon navigating approaches to care, cultivation and conservation within instructional and personal frameworks – how care and suppression are intrinsically intertwined. She zones in on how this these tensions are played out in the context of the garden, the museum, and upon the body within a domestic context.
Hirst completed an MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2018. In 2018 she was the visual arts finalist for the Ivan Jurtiz Prize at Kings College, selected by Turner Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing. She has exhibited widely, recently as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 17 in London and Newcastle, the Courtauld East Wing Biennale at Somerset House, Video Contemporary at Carriageworks and, NEW16 at the Australian Center of Contemporary Art. Most recently, Hirst was granted the 2020 ACMI/Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Australia’s most prestigious award for video art, the result of which will be presented in a solo show at the Australian Center for Moving Image in 2020.
During the Time and Space residency, Gabriella will be furthering her durational botanical project ‘How To Make A Bomb’. The project focuses on the propagation and distribution of a rare species of garden rose which bares the cultivar name Rosa Floribunda ‘AtomBomb’, and which was originally bred in 1953 in Germany. The project is taking place in partnership with Old Waterworks, Southend-on-Sea, with curator Warren Harper, funded by Arts Council England.