The Mordant Family Moving Image Commission announces its inaugural recipient

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We're thrilled to announce the 2019 recipient of the inaugural $80,000 Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young artists is Stanislava Pinchuk, for her proposed work Self-Preservation (working title).

Stanislava Pinchuk is a visual artist who works with data – mapping the changing topographies of war and conflict zones. Beginning in her home country with recording the Ukrainian Civil War, she has since made large bodies of work in the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zones and the Calais Jungle, a refugee and migrant encampment in France.

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. Potential locations include Eastern Ukraine, as well as Fukushima, East Mosul and the Sahrawi Autonomous Refugee Camps. The work will explore the spaces in which women work to maintain daily life and connection in times of great violence, suffering and uncertainty. More information about her is available at

Stanislava Pinchuk was selected by a panel of industry experts including Simon Mordant AM, ACMI Director & CEO Katrina Sedgwick, Course Director of Shadow Channel at the Sandberg Institute Juha van't Zelfde, Manager Arts Melbourne (City of Melbourne) Kaye Glamuzina, founder and director of Web Directions John Allsopp, ACMI CXO Seb Chan, and ACMI Senior Curator Fiona Trigg.

About the Commission

The Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists is a new commissioning program worth $240,000 over three years, and will support artists to create moving image works on a subject of contemporary interest. The new commissioning series builds on the success of the Mordant Family VR Commission, which was awarded to acclaimed Australian artists Dr. Christian Thompson, Joan Ross and Tully Arnot to each produce their debut VR work. The commission, created in partnership with Catriona Mordant AM and Simon Mordant AM, the City of Melbourne, John Allsopp from Web Directions, and ACMI, builds on ACMI’s existing commissioning initiatives and will provide artists under 35 the opportunity to realise an ambitious work which deepens and extends their practice.

The new commission will resource young artists 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 supports 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. 

Applications for the second Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists will open in 2021. 

More information

Fiona Trigg (ACMI senior curator)

(03) 8663 2374