CV and Bio

Filming The Right of Passage, Barcelona, 2013

Zanny’s recent exhibitions include Little Baghdad, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, 2015, Utopia Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom, the Secession, Vienna, 2014 and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, 2015, The List, Cambelltown Arts Centre, 2014, Ok Video Festival, Jakarta, 2013, Things Fall ApartArtspace Sydney, 2012, Social Networking, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, 2012, the Berlin Biennial, 2012, eva International, Limerick Biennial of Visual Art, 2012, Sharjah Biennale, United Arab Emirates, 2011, What Keeps Mankind Alive, Istanbul Biennale, 2009 and the Taipei Biennial, 2008. She recently completed a residency in Reiby Juvenile Detention Centre, a maximum security prison for kids, Sydney (2014). She was invited to Barcelona for an Australia Council Residency (2012), Indonesia for an Australia Indonesia Institute Residency (2011),Chicago for a residency with Mess Hall (2010), Indonesia for an Asia-Link Residency (June 2008) and Hong Kong for an Australia-China Council Residency (May 2007).

The Right of Passage, Unstable Territory, Borders and Identity in Contemporary Art, The Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina

Curriculum Vitae:

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Undrawing the Line (Safdar Ahmed, Zanny Begg, Murtaza Ali Jafari and friends) in front of their work for the Paramor prize, Casula Powerhouse Museum, 2015.


Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland
Campbeltown Arts Centre
Cruthers Collections of Womens Art
The Neuer Berliner Kunstverein

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Recent exhibitions:

2016: Turn in Exhaust, Contemporary Art Tasmania, part of the dark mofo festival
How to Blow up a Bubble that Won’t Burst, in Imagine a City – 200 Years of Public Architecture in NSW, The State Library, Sydney
1001 Nights in Fairfield shortlisted for the Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney and LICHTER Art Award, Frankfurt
The Swamp (Undrawing the Line), in safARI, Sydney

2015: The Chant of Nudimmud (Undrawing the Line), Refuge, Verge Gallery, Sydney, Utopia Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart.
How to Blow up a Bubble that Won’t Burst, Groundwork: From the Archives Up, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
Doing Time, All Stations... Kudos Gallery, Sydney
1001 Nights in Fairfield, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Sydney, Little Baghdad, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, finalist Blake Prize
The Right of Passage, “Artists’ Cinema”, MSU – Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR), 10.04.2015; and Fotograf Festival, Prague (CZ), 02.10.2015
Eight Passage in Belonging and Displacement, Westspace, Melbourne

2014: Utopia/Jump in The “Survival Kit 6”, The former ‘Boļševička’ Textile Factory at Ganību dambis 30, Riga, San Mauro Cilento (Salerno) and “Utopia Island, Fragments and Moments for new Utopias”, Utopia Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom, the Secession, Vienna.
Doing Time, “The List”, Campbeltown Arts Centre, Sydney, the Blake Prize, UNSW Galleries.
The Right of Passage, “To Have and Have Not”, ACC Galerie, Weimar (D), 07.12.2013 – 02.02.2014, “Silent University”, Le 116 – Centre d’art contemporain, Montreuil (F), 21.02.2014, 10.05.2014, “The Occidental Accident”, 5th Biennale of Marrakech, Marrakech (MA), 26.02 – 31.03.2014, “Fragile Hands (after Marker)”, University of Applied Arts/Heiligenkreuzerhof, Vienna (A), 12.03. – 10.04.2014, EMAF 2014 – 27. European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück (D), 24.04.2014, “Political Imaginaries: Making the World Anew”, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk (PL), 30.04. – 15.06.2014 (solo-exhibition O. Ressler), “The Occidental Accident”, One Nest stand #17, Den Haag (NL), 17.07.2014, “Specters. A cinè-politics of haunting”, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (E), 26.11.2014,
In the Shade of the Waq Waq Tree (Undrawing the Line), part of Utopia Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom, The Secession, Vienna, Protest Songs: Artful Actions at Lismore Regional Gallery, 2014 and Quo Vadis: the Last Drawing Show, UNSW Galleries.
Treat (or Trick) in Moon Workers, partnership between Museum of Contemporary Art of Santiago de Chile and the Academy of the Arts of the World, Colonge, 2014.

2013: The Right of Passage, “To Have and Have Not”, HALLE 14, Leipzig (D), 04.05. – 07.07.2013, “The Sights/Sites of Cultural Studies”, ACS Summer Institute, Klagenfurt/Celovec (A), 25.07.2013, “Off Side – Video Pamphlet Review”, La Rada/Locarno Film Festival, Locarno (CH), 09.08. – 18.08.2013, “Have the wanderers of yesterday become today’s bag packers?”, Shiryaevo Biennale/Victoria Gallery, Samara (RU), 09.08. – 25.08.2013, “Unseen Cinema”, Foam/Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (NL), 26.09. – 29.09.2013, “Citizenship, Orientalism and the Commons”, Oecumene Project and Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome, 28.09.2013, “Général Bordure”, Le Quartier, Centre d’art Contemporain de Quimper, Quimper (F), 03.10.2013 – 12.01.2014, Antenna Documentary Festival 2013, Sydney (AU), 10.10. – 14.10.2013, “Unstable Territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art”, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (I), 11.10.2013 – 19.01.2014, Art Sheffield 2013 / Bloc Projects, Sheffield (GB), 16.10.2013, “Smuggling Anthologies”, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (HR), 22.10. – 04.12.2013, AC Institute, Film Series, New York (USA), 31.10. – 16.11.2013, “The Movement of Ideas” (film retrospective O. Ressler), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (CH), 19.11.2013,
The Focus Group, OK Video Festival, Jakarta
This is Not A Citizen, Screen City, Stavanger, Norway
The Bull Laid Bear, in It’s the Political Economy Stupid, “Crisis and Alternatives”, Belgrade
You are Here, Designated Drivers, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA

2012: Treat (or Trick) in Forays. Systems of Self-Interest – Mechanisms of Looting, Kunstraum Lichtenberg, Berlin.
What Would it Mean to Win? in Things Fall Apart, Artspace, Sydney
Emeraldtown, Gary Indiana in Social Networking at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Media Gallery, Queensland.
The Bull Laid Bear in Berlin Biennial, eva International, Limerick Biennial of Visual Art, Diagonale Film Festival, Gratz, Austria, It’s the Political Economy Stupid, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, After The Crisis, is Before the Crisis, Galleria Arte, Milan, and Occupy Art, Artspace Seminar Room, Sydney.

2011: Freeways “Out the Window” project Los Angeles
The Focus Group in Sharjah Biennale, Plot for a Bienniel film program, United Arab Emirates
Treat (or Trick) in It’s the Political Economy Stupid, Open Space, Vienna
Zugzwang in The Zero Dollar Show, West Space, Melbourne

2010: Emeraldtown: Gary, Indiana, Artspace, Sydney (You Are Here)
ReMake Estate, project with an abandoned house, Gary, Indiana, USA (You Are Here)
Cities Without Maps in Finalist Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship exhibition, Artspace Sydney (You Are Here)
What Would it Mean to Win? in A World Where Many Worlds Fit, An exhibition on the counter-globalization movement, Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Canada
Pemulwuy Dream Team in RESPECT, Australia Council for the Visual Arts, Window Gallery
Treat (or Trick) in Una selezione delle Bienali di Istanbul a Atene, Palazzo Valle, Catania
The Focus Group in Proposals for a Socialist Colony, Skydive, Housten, USA

2009: Treat (or Trick) in What Keeps Mankind Alive, Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey, Reciprocity, Centro Cultural de Espana Beunos Aires, Argentina
Electrification of Consumer Brains in Without_us, Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany
Pemulwuy Dream Team in There Goes The Neighbourhood, Performance Space, Sydney
What Would it Mean to Win? in Disobedience – An ongoing video archive, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania


2016: Shortlisted for The Blake Prize for Religious Art
Finalist LICHTER Art Award, Frankfurt
Winner of the Terrence and Lynnette Fern Cite Residency Paris
Participant in 2016 Rouge Film School with Werner Herzog

2015: Bundanon Residency, New Landscapes Institute
Powerhouse Youth Theatre Residency, Fairfield

2014: Australia Council for the Arts Experimental and Emerging Art Grant
Finalist Blake Prize for Religious Art
Finalist for the Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation 2015 (Mayoral Mention for Outstanding Contribution)
Residency Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre, Airds.

2013: Shortlisted as curator for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture
Expanded Architecture Residency, The Rocks

2012: Australia Council for the Arts Residency Barcelona

2011: Residency with Australia Indonesia Institute Residency
NSW Ministry for the Arts, Creative Development Grant
Leo Port Foundation Grant
City of Sydney Cultural Grant
Finalist Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship (You Are Here)

2010: Artspace Studio Residency, Sydney
Highly Commended, Marrickville Contemporary Art prize
New Work Grant Australia Council for the Arts
Finalist Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship (You Are Here)
Finalist Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Brisbane
Finalist International Award for Participation in Art Prize, Legislative Assembly of the Region Emilia-Romagna, Italy

2009: Australia Council Residency Chicago (You Are Here)
Inter-Arts Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

2008: Asia-Link Residency, Indonesia
Frasers Studio Residency, Sydney
Performance Space Residency, Redfern
City of Sydney Community Grants Scheme
Social Activism and the Arts, JBSeed Fund
Finalist Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship

2007: Australia-China Council Residency, Hong Kong


2011: PhD in Art Theory, College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales
2004: BA Art Theory Honours (First Class) College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales.
2000: BA Visual Arts, Griffith University.


2014: Academic UNSW Art and Design
2010-2014: Director of Tin Sheds gallery, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney