WRITING & CONCEPTS Lecture - NGV Australia, June 29th 3pm

I’ll be giving a lecture for the WRITING & CONCEPTS series on Saturday June 29th at the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square. I’m gonna talk about trauma and identity but also Shakira and Justin Bieber.

Questioning Existence with the Subjunctive (Spanish Demystified)
”Galaz will be reflecting on how translation and mistranslation can be used to highlight language as a key form of access to cultural memory and identity, and as an avenue for exploring intergenerational legacies of state violence. Her presentation will be delivered with reference to a new video work developed as part of a mentorship with the NGV, titled ‘Vecino Vecino’”

Free lecture, bookings essential. Click here for a ticket:


Saturday 29th June 2019 - 3pm 
NGV Australia
Federation Square, cnr Flinders and Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

WRITING & CONCEPTS is a lecture and publication series conceived by Jan van Schaik, exploring insights that practitioners have into their own creative and cultural practices, providing an opportunity for them to discuss and publish these insights within a wide public forum.

Australia Council Residency - EMPAC, New York

I’m very excited to be able to announce that I have been awarded the 2019-2020 Australia Council Residency at EMPAC, New York. During my residency, I will be working on a new video work titled Vecino Vecino, which will use archival footage, and the re-performance and (mis)interpretation of this footage, to highlight the gap between generations caused by political violence.



MECCA Leadership Conference

I recently participated in the MECCA Leadership Conference in Melbourne with my fellow M-Power participants, and completed a business skills bootcamp facilitated by MECCA at their HQ. It was wonderful seeing these amazing women again and hearing about their progress. Also, amazing to learn about the future of the M-Power program within MECCA and everything they’ve achieved in the past year. Very honoured to be part of this program.


Vanessa Vargas Dance Lab The Body in Exile, School of Making Thinking, New York

For the past eight weeks, I have been participating in this Dance Lab with Vanessa Vargas through the School of Making Thinking. I couldn’t get myself to New York, but Vanessa has been very considerate in including me in the course via Skype (which ended up being an incredible experience in itself). Vanessa recently spoke about the lab and the Skype component at the Latin American Colloquium of Research and Dance Practices in Mexico City.

In this course, we will ask participants to explore migratory practices and experiences through different means (from histories, interviews, testimonials, field work, memoir, documentary and journalist documents, to embodied experiments that can be used to inform creative material, in order to create a performance). We will thoroughly think on the body-subject as an open form, an active becoming, a migratory body, at a time both subject and object. 


Digital Writers’ Festival: MONUMEMENTO

Launching online on Oct 30th is my new digital work made in collaboration with Louise Truc (FR) and Nadezhda Chernyakevich (RUS) called MONUMEMENTO. This project was informed by our studies in Kosovo at ‘Summer School as School’ 2018, Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina.

Digital Writers’ Festival page:
Direct link to work:

Two artists and a curator from Australia, France, and Russia work across the internet in an attempt to construct a collective memory. A personal encyclopaedia of monuments and symbolism for the everyday. But how flexible is memory when collectivised? Is it possible to grasp the meaning completely without mastering all the codes at once? If language is a tool, they prefer to keep it tangled.

M-Power Mentorship Scholarship Announcement

I’m so proud and excited to finally be able to announce that I’ve been awarded the 2018 M-Power Mentorship Scholarship from MECCA Brands and the National Gallery of Victoria. This grant and mentorship will be assisting me in creating a new video work and other projects over the next year.

Here’s a link to the full press release.

RMIT Fine Art Auction

I have a small work in the RMIT Fine Art ESP Auction coming up on September 20th.

busy at his cryptology all night long
card, inkjet print, on wood panel



Art Guide Australia

Happy to say that Art Guide Australia has listed my current exhibition you are the magnet and I am the metal (slowly magnitizdat) at C3 Art Space in their top exhibitions to see this week!

Solo Exhibition: you are the magnet and I am the metal (slowly magnitizdat)

My new solo exhibition at C3 Art Space in Abbotsford (Melbourne) opens on Wed night, August 15th! It’s called you are the magnet and I am the metal (slowly magnitizdat) - some collage drawings and a sound piece of me singing Despacito over and over. Fun!

Here’s the event link.

And a link to the beautiful essay Gracia Haby wrote for the show.



The Band Presents: 20x20 at Mel & NYC Export Happenings

The Band Presents will be contributing a performance to the Mel & NYC festival called ‘20x20’ - performing 20 seminal performance artworks in 20 mins. Should be fun?

Sat 11 Aug 2018, 7:00pm–10:00pm
Tickets via Brunswick Mechanics Institute

One evening. Three artists. Three performances.

Angela Goh, Emile Zile and The Band Presents will mine and reinterpret an era that upturned our understanding of what performance art is, where it can be shown and who can perform it. Turn your minds on for an evening of ready-made performance; a tribute to the ghosts of a radical and rebellious era of performance history.

MC’d by Nancy Black, writer, performance maker and Artistic Director of Black Hole Theatre.

Summer School as School, Kosovo

Over the past month, I have been attending the Summer School as School program in Kosovo run by Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina. The two courses I participated in are listed below. It’s been a while since I’ve studied such a theoretically rigorous program and it’s opened up a lot of things for me to move forward with.

Protest, Imagery and Art: Feminist Politics and Practice in Post-Socialist and Post-War Kosovo
Nita Luci, Linda Gusia and Vjollca Krasniqi

Spatial Research: Rights, Data, Maps
Laura Kurgan and Thomas Keenan



Solo Exhibition: Reparar Means to Repair

My new solo show Reparar Means to Repair opens at Blindside, Melbourne on Thursday June 21 6-8pm. Hope to see you there!

Laura Couttie wrote a wonderful essay for the show, which can be found here alongside some more info.



TBP HQ, Docklands: To Believe Oneself to Be Death

I have some works currently up at our TBP HQ Gallery Space in Docklands, Melbourne. These are a series of collage sketches made from my drawings from Chile.
Open now, and doing a closing drinks on Thursday March 29th,
18 Wharf St, Docklands (in the District Docklands Shopping Center)



Online Project: As If It Were Raining

My new .gif work for Sister Gallery is up online till the end of the month.

I’ve also archived the work and the text that goes alongside it here on my website.