ACMI Commission: The Beehive

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About the work

In 2017, ArtBank and ACMI commissioned Zanny Begg to make a new work, The Beehive, which will premiere at ACMI 31 Jul - 4 Nov 2018.

The Beehive is based on the unsolved murder of famous Sydney anti-development campaigner Juanita Nielsen in 1975, The Beehive examines themes of gentrification, corruption, sex-work, feminism and non-conformist lifestyles. Created using an algorithm, the film will be randomly compiled from a reservoir of scripted fictions, documentary interviews and choreographed sequences exploring the contemporary implications of this infamous cold case. Using the tropes of true crime, the work will morph and evolve with each viewing, offering audiences different glimpses and interpretations of the crime.

An Enigma Machine Production.

Image: Zanny Begg, The Beehive, 2018; courtesy the artist. Photograph by Philippa Bateman, featuring Koco Carey.

About Zanny Begg

Zanny Begg is an artist and filmmaker interested in exploring the archaeology of contested history/ies and the architecture of social change. She works with film, drawing and installation to explore ways in which we can live and be in the world differently. This has included working with macro-political themes, such as alter-globalisation protests, and in micro-political worlds, such as with children in prison. 

Begg’s work is often collaborative, having worked with Philippa Bateman for The Beehive. Other collaborations include Elise McLeod, Oliver Ressler, Keg de Souza, The Choir of Love, Refugee Art Project and Dmitry Vilensky among others. She is a founding member of the art collective Undrawing the Line.

She is the 2016 winner of the Incinerator Art Award, Art for Social Change and the 2016 winner of the Terrence and Lynnette Fern Cite Residency Paris. Her work is part of a number of institutional collections, such as the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, The Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.