Biography

For two decades Cherine Fahd (b.1974) has worked with documentary modes of image making. Much of her early works presented a surrealist engagement with spontaneous actions that involved hiding herself and her subjects from view, as well as the documentation of peculiar gestures. Currently, she continues to test the distinctions between the staged and unstaged image, while asking questions of the ways we perform for the camera. This has evolved from an enduring focus on familial experiences, which often to humorous effect, have provoked questions about the politics of appearance, concealment, race and identity, in relation to self and other. 

Fahd’s extensive exhibition history has seen her work shown in major public institutions in Australia and internationally. Her work is represented in public collections such as 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, Israel. She has been the recipient of numerous Grants from the Australia Council (2016, 2014, 2007, 2004, 2002, 1999) 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 has been awarded the Asialink Creative Exchange to work and travel to India.

Fahd was awarded a Ph.D. from Monash University, Melbourne and is Senior Lecturer in Photography at UTS Design. She is currently a serving member of the Artist Advisory Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.