Kailum Graves is an emerging new media artist who works predominantly in the medium of photography and within the sphere of the photographic process, including large-scale video installations. His practice reflects the influence of technology on the photographic medium and sits resolutely within the context of future movements of contemporary photography. He studied art history, philosophy, archaeology, and photography at the University of Queensland and the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He graduated from both degrees with distinction, and dean’s commendations for high achievement and academic excellence, which ranked him in the top five percent. Upon graduation, he spent three years researching, experimenting, and creating a body of work. He only began entering art awards and exhibitions in 2016, and has been a finalist in 22 state, national, and international art awards—including the MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize, the Digital Portraiture Award, and the Royal Ulster Academy’s 135th Annual Exhibition—had 21 exhibitions, including a public art commission, and was selected to participate in SOMA Summer, an eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians, conducted in Mexico City. In 2016 he won the Clayton Utz Art Award and the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award, and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the Fremantle Arts Centre, the Murray Art Museum Albury, the Incinerator Gallery, Kensington Contemporary, the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, the Noosa Regional Gallery, and the Pine Rivers Art Gallery. To support the arts community, he founded artist-run-initiative An Evolving Thesis, where he works as a curator and writer, and he also volunteers at the Flying Arts Alliance. His work is held in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection.
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Image: The Celebrity That Therefore I Am, 2015, 72 Fujifilm Instax Mini Film, framed, museum glass, each 8.6cm x 5.4cm, overall dimensions 76cm x 70cm