S.J Norman (b. 1984) is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. His career has so far spanned 15 years and has embraced a diversity of disciplines and formal outcomes, including solo and ensemble performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and sound. He is a non-binary transmasculine person and a diasporic Koori of Wiradjuri descent, born on Gadigal land. Since 2006 he has lived and worked between Australia, Germany, the UK and the United States. His practice is routed through the volatile interstices of the social and the corporeal. Working extensively with durational and spatial practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks, Norman's primary medium is the body.
Norman has received major commissions from the Biennale of Sydney (AU), Performance Space New York (US), Dark Mofo (AU), Venice International Performance Week (IT), Spill Festival of Live Art (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), In Between Time (UK), Arnolfini (UK), Melbourne Festival (AU), Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (AU) to name a few. He has presented lectures and colloquia on his practice at such venues as Tate Modern (UK), the Art Gallery of NSW (AU), University of California (US), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (US), Victorian College of the Arts (AU) and Princeton University (US). He is the founder and co-curator of Knowledge of Wounds, alongside Joseph M. Pierce. He has received numerous awards for both his art and his writing, including a Sidney Myer Fellowship, an Australia Council Fellowship and the 2018 Kill Your Darlings Prize. His first collection of stories, Permafrost, will be published in 2021.
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