Australia's Venice Biennale Artist, Simryn Gill, at Art Basel 2013

Australia's Venice Biennale Artist, Simryn Gill, at Art Basel 2013
My Own Private Angkor #5, 2007-2009 and My Own Private Angkor #31, 2007-2009 by Simryn Gill
(Source: Tracy Williams Ltd.)

Singapore-born, Australia- and Malaysia-based artist Simryn Gill is currently one of the most talked about artists in Australia. Gill will represent Australia at the upcoming 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2013, where she will present a much-anticipated solo exhibition titled “Here Art Grows on Trees.”

Less than two weeks after the launch of Venice Biennale on June 1, New York gallery Tracy Williams Ltd., which represents Gill in the US, will also present an exhibition of her  work at Art Basel 2013.


According to Gallery Director Tracy Williams, “after we were accepted in Art Features with Barbara Bloom, we proposed Gill's series, “My Own Private Angkor,” consisting of 90 black and white silver prints for Art Unlimited, which was accepted by the curator, Gianni Jetzer.

“Since Gill will represent the Australia Pavilion in the Venice Biennale we thought it would be an ideal time to show this body of work for the first time in Europe.”

“My Own Private Angkor” is an ongoing project for which Gill has documented the decay and engulfment of an abandoned Tudor-style housing development from the eighties in a small town in Malaysia. As the title suggests, Gill makes a comparison between the decay of the housing development and the discovery of the once “lost” 12th century ruin of Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed and an enduring testament to the genius of Khmer architects.

The 90 photographs of the current “My Own Private Angkor” series focuses on the interiors of the buildings that make up the Tudor-style housing development. Through these works, Gill explores notions of the cyclical and the transitory in relation to both time and space. She also challenges the viewer to consider the role of the ephemeral and the corporeal in developing a sense of subjectivity and belonging.

The entire group of photographs was exhibited at the Istanbul Biennial in 2011 (curated by Adrian Pedrosa and Jens Hoffman), and last summer at Tracy Williams, Ltd.