Cherine Fahd is an artist and academic working in the field of photography and video performance. Cherine’s recent work is focused on the role of the camera in creating intimate scenarios between photographer and subject. In turn, she is interested in photography as a social practice that builds connections between people.
Cherine’s current projects include commissions for new video, photo and performance works for Sydney Opera House, Carriageworks and Performance Space and Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. And for Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne. These works explore the dynamics between photographer and subject as a way of studying proximity and distance in the way humans interact. Other notable works include Apókryphos (2019), which was selected for The National: New Australian Art and in 2020 won the Australia New Zealand Photobook Award, and You Look Like A, which was exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography.
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.