Cherine Fahd is an artist and academic working in the field of photography and video performance. Cherine is interested in the ways photography is used as a social and artistic practice that brings people together. She uses the social dynamics of portraiture as a way of staging playful scenarios. Often between herself, family, friends and strangers, these stagings are regularly intimate, affectionate and sometimes uncomfortable.
Cherine's current projects include commissions from a number of cultural institutions. These include developing the large-scale group portrait project, Being Together: Parramatta Yearbook, for the MCA, in partnership with the City of Parramatta for C3 West. As well as presenting the forty-four video performances that make-up Ecdysis, commissioned by Carriageworks and Performance Space for the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2021.
Other recent commissions include the live performance, A Proxy for a Thousand Eyes, Sydney Opera House (2020), photographs for Another Citation, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2020) and a ten channel video work, Held, Monash Gallery of Art (2020-2021).
A notable work includes Apókryphos (2019), selected for The National: New Australian Art at Carriageworks, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham. Apókryphos was acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2021, while the Apókryphos book won the Australia New Zealand Photobook Award 2019.
She has exhibited around the world, including at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan, among others. Her photographic work is represented in significant public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego and the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel.
Cherine is the author of two books, A Portrait is a Puzzle (2017) and Apókryphos (2019), both with M.33 Melbourne. She writes broadly on photography and videography and has produced several articles on the politics of appearance and cultural assimilation, themes that often appear in her creative practice. She also publishes widely across a range of news and media platforms, including The Conversation, ABC News and SBS, academic journals and in photographic and video art contexts.
She has been awarded prestigious Grants from the Australia Council for the Arts (2018, 2016, 2014, 2007, 2004, 2002, 1999), Create NSW (2020), along with art awards and residencies such as the NSW Women & Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW (2005), Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Photography Award (2004), National Photography Prize (2010) and the Moya Dyring Studio from the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2003). In 2018, she was awarded the Asialink Creative Exchange residence to Varanasi, India.
Cherine was awarded a PhD from Monash University, Melbourne, in 2016 and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Design at UTS in the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Building.