DR Sanja Pahoki

DR Sanja Pahoki

Positions

  • Photography, Contemporary Art Practices (Humour, Scandinavian Angst and Lars Von Trier)

Overview

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  • Sanja Pahoki uses photography, video, neon and text to explore observations from everyday life. Existential issues such as the nature of self, identity and the role of anxiety are recurring themes in her work. As the autobiographical is the initial inspiration for much of Sanja's work, humour is often employed as a strategy to direct attention away from the personal to shared universal concerns. Sanja Pahoki has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. In 2000 Sanja graduated with a BFA (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2006, Sanja completed a MFA from the VCA. Her work has been exhibited both nationally (ACCA @ Mirka at Tolarno Hotel, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Plimsoll Gallery in Hobart, Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, Queensland University of Technology) and internationally (Japan, Shanghai, Vienna, Berlin, Paris and Rotterdam). Sanja was a committee member of Kings Artist Run Initiative and a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary Artist Space. In 2008 & 2012, Sanja attended a studio residency in Reykjavik, Iceland and a 3-month OZCO residency in Helsinki in 2010. Sanja Pahoki is represented by Sarah Scout, Melbourne.   

Publications

Exhibitions

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • SIM International Studio Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2012 Helsinki Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts, 2010 Ian Potter Cultural Grant, 2008 SIM International Studio Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2008 Student Award, Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, 2005 Australian Postgraduate Award, 2004-6 Pat Corrigan Artists' Grant, 2002 Award for Critical Merit, Victorian Campus Art Prize and Exhibition, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, 2000 Theodor Urbach Encouragement Award, VCA, 1999 Friends of the VCA Encouragement Award, 1996   

Awards

Education and training

  • PHD, Monash University 2018
  • MFA, Victorian College of the Arts 2007
  • BFA, Victorian College of the Arts 2001
  • BFA, Victorian College of the Arts 1999
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1988

Awards and honors

  • Helsinki Studio, Australia Council for the Arts, 2010
  • Ian Potter Cultural Grant, Ian Potter, 2008
  • Artery Student Award, Hutchins School, 2005
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Pat Corrigan Artist Grant, National Association of Visual Arts, 2002
  • Award for Critical Merit, Victorian Campus Art Prize and Exhibition, University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Theodor Urbach Encouragement Award, Victorian College of the Arts, 1999
  • Friends of the VCA Encouragement Award, Victorian College of the Arts, 1996

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Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My interest lies in the way photography impacts on contemporary life and artistic practice. Psychological and philosophical ideas to do with who we are and the influence of time and place on identity is of great significance.