Jenny Fraser

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Jenny Fraser (born 1971) is a leading Digital Media artist, curator and academic from the East Coast of Australia. She is an Indigenous Australian hailing from Yugambeh Bundjalung Country in Australia’s Scenic Rim region on the border of South East Queensland and the Northern Rivers region in New South Wales. In her art practice she takes iconic and everyday symbols of Australian life and places them into a context that questions the values they represent. Her work is exhibited and screened both nationally and Internationally and has been included shows such as Interactiva [1]: a biennale at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán, MACAY, Merida, Mexico (2003), and the inaugural Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (2008).

Jenny Fraser uses a diverse range of creative mediums including Video installation, Photography, Animation, Text and Experimental film. Her practice has also been partly defined through a commitment to collaboration with others, leading to involvement with artist networks such as Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, and also as a founding member of Camera Mob[2] and one of the ten original founders of ProppaNOW[3].

Fraser is an award winning artist and in 2012 received an Australia Council Fellowship at the 5th National Indigenous Arts Award held at the Sydney Opera House for her project titled midden [4], and also a 2022 Varuna, The Writers' House First Nations Fellowship for her narrative non-fiction manuscript, Jidda. Her work is also received positively in reviews[5] and is featured in art collections around the world[6]

Jenny Fraser has travelled extensively and completed cultural residency programs from remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory and overseas to the Rocky Mountains in Canada, at the Banff Arts Center, and also the first artist-in-residence for the NewFlames program in Brisbane.

As an artist curator Jenny Fraser has been growing the field of Aboriginal Media Arts and Practice, founding cyberTribe[7] Online Gallery in 2000, the National Experimental Film Festival at the Gold Coast[8], and the Blackout Collective[9] in 2002, then Solid Screen Festival [10]and Retreats since 2014.

The first Aboriginal Curator to present a Triennial exhibition in Australia: The other APT[11] (2006) coinciding and responding to the Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, which was then invited to tour to the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia, and in 2008 was also one of the first and few Indigenous-Curated shows accepted for inclusion in the history of the Biennale of Sydney (2008).

Jenny was also part of the curatorial working group for conVerge - where art and science meet[12] - at the 2002 Adelaide Biennial, which was Australias first major exhibition of Hybrid art Science and New Media artworks. Fraser was also invited to introduce Indigenous Australian art into the JAALA[13] Biennial in Japan (2012) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum,

Dr Jenny Fraser has a Creative Research Doctor of Philosophy in The Art of Healing and Decolonisation, graduating through Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, and also completed her Masters in Indigenous Wellbeing at Ginibi College, Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales, New South Wales.


  1. Ferrera-Balanquet, Raul (4 August 2003). "InteractivA'03". rhizome. Retrieved 2 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Knowles, Rachael (January 28, 2021). "Community camera group creates safe storytelling space". National Indigenous Times.
  3. Gifford, Adam (7 June 2005). "Collective look beyond Aboriginal stereotypes". NZ Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  4. Carter, Denise (26 March 2014). "Jenny Fraser collaborates with Native American artist James Luna at 2014 Adelaide Festival". The Cairns Post. Retrieved 2 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. Butler, Sally (2006). "Other[wize]". Artlink Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Ingram, Terry (Apr 22, 2004). "A powerful display of Aboriginal art". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 6 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Mundine, Djon (1 June 2015). "Jenny Fraser: The cyberTribe odyssey". Artlink Magazine. Retrieved 1 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. O'Driscoll, Natalie (31 October 2019). "Jinda: Truth telling through film". Blank Street Press. Retrieved 2 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Blackout Collective -> Aboriginal Media Arts". Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  10. Hagan, Stephen (4 July 2014). "Solid screen festival showcases 'solid sisters'". Issuu. Retrieved 2 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "cyberTribe Indigenous Online Gallery". Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  12. Art Gallery, of South Australia. "2002 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: ConVerge: where art + science meet". AGSA - The Art Gallery of South Australia. Retrieved 2022-04-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. Fraser, Jenny (7 November 2012). "Showing Aboriginal resilience in Japan". Healing Arts and Decolonisation. Retrieved 1 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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