Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists

A three-year commissioning program that supports young artists to create contemporary moving image works.

The Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists, created in partnership with Professor Cav. Simon Mordant AO and Catriona Mordant AM, the City of Melbourne, John Allsopp from Web Directions, and ACMI, builds on the success of the Mordant Family VR Commission.

This commission, worth $240,000 over three years, will resource artists 35 years and under to undertake research, collaborate with experienced mentors and engage professional technicians or performers. ACMI will provide curatorial and production support to each successful project. The commission provides $80,000 per year to support projects that reference contemporary social, cultural or political issues with energy and originality and is open to artists working across a range of formats including film, video, interactive installation and mixed reality. 

2022 recipient: Jason Phu

Leading Melbourne-based visual artist Jason Phu’s multi-disciplinary practice includes drawing, installation, painting and performance.

Phu’s work, Analects of Kung Phu: Book 1, The 69 Dialogues between the Lamp and the Shadow, seeks to reclaim "wise" sayings from martial arts and Wuxia films and recontextualise them into a contemporary "guide to life" which addresses current problems faced by individuals and society.

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Cropped photo of artist Jason Phu in his studio

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Inaugural recipient: Stanislava Pinchuk

The recipient of the inaugural $80,000 Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young artists is Stanislava Pinchuk.

Pinchuk’s proposed work Self-Preservation is an ambitious and timely multi-channel installation examining women’s beauty salons across war and conflict zones around the world. The work will explore the spaces in which women work to maintain daily life and connection in times of great violence, suffering and uncertainty.  

Pinchuk will premiere her work at ACMI and an edition will become part of our collection.

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Stanislava Pinchuk

Proudly supported by the City of Melbourne, Catriona Mordant AM and Professor Cav. Simon Mordant AO, John Allsopp (Web Directions) and ACMI

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