Ju Bavyka is an inauthentic artist and writer who works across different methods and materials. Currently living on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal peoples in Sydney (Eora Country), and with cultural ties to Kazakhstan and Germany, Ju’s practice is informed by the intersection of artistic/everyday research, practices of hospitality/generosity, the sauna, labour conditions and survival tips. As an artist, they have held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Zagreb, and have participated – either individually, as part of collaborations or with Frontyard Projects – in local and international group exhibitions and festivals. With Frontyard, these have included Purpose-Built, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington (2018); Do It With Others Festival, Onomatopee, Eindhoven (2018); and the HOBIENNALE Arts Festival, Hobart (2017-2019). Other collaborative projects include HyperReadings with Benjamin Forster and Sean Dockray, 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, MOMA, Moscow (2018) and the ongoing Soft Infrastructure with Connie Anthes (since 2019). Their writing has been published in Liminal (2022), Runway Journal (2022), un Magazine 15.2 (2021) and Cp 20 (Yellow George/Schmick Projects, 2021). They participated in the Firstdraft Writers Program in 2021 and self-published the poetry collection the moment you realise what you don’t have to be in 2022.