Joanna Kambourian

https://msbrownslounge.com.au/joanna-kambourian

BIO

Joanna Kambourian is an Australian born designer, printmaker and multi-dimensional visual artist of Armenian American heritage.

Throughout her creative practice, Kambourian explores, experiences and examines the idea of ‘hybrid hyphenations’ within contemporary cultural and social identity.

Through a variety of mediums, digital prints, serigraphy, and 3D works, Joanna explores motifs, imagery, ideas and crafts typically from Armenian Culture; re-represented in a more familiar, current context.

Weaving, craft and graphic patterns feature strongly in her recent works, alongside stories of imagined ‘heroines’ from Armenian Folklore, told through re-appropriated images, deliberately obscured, concealed and distorted.

Her work continues to document an ongoing journey, a search for identity and belonging from a multicultural perspective that crosses generations and encompasses the diasporic experience. Her work illustrates this complex heritage through a multi disciplinary practice.

http://www.msbrownslounge.com.au

Art Practice Keywords:

Artist, Print Maker, Designer, Street Art, Mural Designer

Artist Role Keywords:

Collaboration/ Collaborator names Keywords:

Lismore Artspace 2010-2017, ARI Remix Project 2014-2019, Willowbank Studio, Epicormia Collective 2014-2017

Collections

Various Private & Public Collections

CV

Joanna Kambourian

joannak@msbrownslounge.com.au
www.msbrownslounge.com.au
EDUCATION
1994 | Assoc Dip Graphic Design, Enmore Design Centre TAFE, NSW
2003 | Cert. III Visual Arts & Marketing, TAFE NSW
2006 | Senior Printmaking, PRATT Institute, Brooklyn, NYC
2006 Dean’s List
2006 | Bachelor of Visual Arts, Southern Cross University, NSW
2006 KASKE fellowship award winner
2009 | Bachelor of Visual Arts (HONS 1st class) Southern Cross University, NSW
POSITIONS
07-17 | Creative Director & Graphic Designer, Ms Browns Lounge, Lismore NSW
10-17 | Studio Manager, Lismore Art Space, Lismore NSW
2012 | Casual Academic, Printmaking, Southern Cross University, NSW
2008 | Casual Academic, Digital Art & Design Southern Cross University, NSW
2010 | Casual Academic, Printmaking, Southern Cross University, NSW
2011 | Casual Academic, Printmaking, Southern Cross University, NSW
EXHIBITIONS
Apr 17 | DECKS FOR CHANGE – Parliament Skate Shop, Brisbane, QLD
Mar 17 | MANLY ARTISTS BOOK
Dec 16 | TALES FROM THE LOUNGE, (Kambourian & Bryant), Analogue Gallery Brisbane
Nov 16 | SEE ME AS THE MISSING PARTS (SOLO), No Comply, Toowoomba QLD
Nov 16 | BUY THE BOOK FAIR – Central Booking, Lower East Side, NYC
Oct 16 | DISRUPT – PRINT CULTURE – Jugglers Artspace, Brisbane, QLD
Mar 16 | ART AT THE AIRPORT – Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, NSW
Mar 16 | WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE – Whitebox Gallery, QCA, Brisbane, QLD
Dec 15 | PASTEMODERNISM 4 – amBUSH gallery, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
Sept 15 | FINALIST. 2015 Fremantle Print Award – Fremantle Arts Centre WA
June 15 | Girls Night, St Thomas Studios, Gold Coast, QLD
June 15 | Pressed (A Printmakers Exhibition), Group Show, Murwillumbah, NSW
May 15 | First Coat Toowoomba – Margaret Street Sugar Jam Artist (Mural)
May 15 | Ms Browns Lounge (Kambourian & Bryant) – Poly Gone Cowboy, Brisbane
May 15 | Bimblebox 153 Birds – Impress Printmakers Studio/Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
May 15 | The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) – MRAG, Maitland NSW
Jan 15 | Artists from MARS curated by Alison Mooney– Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Dec 14 | BSG 40×40 – Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Nov 14 | Plants & Memories – Velvet Milk Group Show, the Grid, Toowoomba, QLD
Oct 14 | OFERENDA, Just Another Project Space, Melbourne, VIC
Oct 14 | ALL IN 2 – MARS gallery at The Grid Toowoomba, QLD
Jun 14 | DUO: Learning the Ropes – Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW
Jun 14 | in (two) art – The Agapitos/Wilson Annual 2010, Grafton, NSW
Jan 14 | RAH collective book launch – TATE Gallery, Glebe, Sydney NSW
Sep 13 | in (two) art – The Agapitos/Wilson Annual 2010, Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
Jun 13 | Ms Browns Lounge Zine Folio & Exchange – MCA Zine Fair, Sydney, NSW
May 13 | Arts Northern River Creatives POPup show – The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
Apr 13 | Arts Northern River Creatives POPup show – Byron Bay, NSW
Jan 13 | in (two) art – The Agapitos/Wilson Annual 2010, Goulburn Regional Gallery, NSW
Oct 12 | Lessons in History Vol. II – Democracy – grahame galleries+editions, QLD
Sep 12 | Finalist 2012 Fremantle Print Award – Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
Jun 12 | in (two) art – The Agapitos/Wilson Annual 2010, S.H Ervin Gallery Sydney, NSW
Mar 12 | QR Project by EIGHT collective – Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW
Nov 11 | Pastemodernism 3 – OUTPOST festival, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, NSW
Sep 11 | The Silent Scream – Rare book library, Monash University, VIC
Sep 11 | Footsteps – 16 Northern Rivers Printmakers IMPACT7, Monash University, VIC
Sep 11 | Footsteps – 16 Northern Rivers Printmakers, Quotidian & Quixotic, NSW
Apr 11 | fair & square – curated by Rona Green, Joyes Hall Gallery, CSU, NSW
Dec 10 | December show – grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane, QLD
Nov 10 | 2high Festival – Live screen printing/installation, Brisbane Powerhouse QLD
Aug 10 | in (two) art – The Agapitos/Wilson Annual 2010, Maitland Regional Gallery NSW
July 10 | Eastcoasters – Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Apr 10 | past present – Southern Cross University next Art Gallery, Lismore, NSW
Mar 10 | 33 Artists – MA Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Jan 10 | Stories of our Making – Tweed River Regional Gallery, NSW
Nov 09 | Visual Art Honours Grad Show 09 – Southern Cross University, NSW
Sep 09 | Stories of our Making – Impact 5, University of West England, CFPR, Bristol, UK
Aug 09 | Tales from the Cold Ghost (tinygold) – 19 Karen Gallery, Gold Coast QLD
Jul 09 | Revolution of Art – Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay, NSW
Jul 09 | Books Beyond Words – East Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC
May 09 | Dim Memories of Exile – Solo show, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD
Apr 09 | X7: Kaske Award Winners – SCU next Art Gallery, Lismore, NSW
Nov 08 | Hard-pressed – Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay, NSW
Mar 08 | Libris Artists’ Book Awards – Artspace Mackay, QLD
Feb 08 | CODEX Collaboration: (P)flight of the Paper Balloons, Tweed Regional, NSW
Nov 07 | Looks @ Books #3 – University of West England, CFPR, Bristol, UK
Sep 07 | 5th artists’ books & multiples fair – Griffith University QCA, Brisbane, QLD
Sep 07 | Bookmarks V Project – University of West England, CFPR, Bristol, UK
Sep 07 | Night of 1,000 Drawings – Artists Space, SoHo, NYC, USA
Aug 07 | the Seed Project Benefit Auction – RARE Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, USA
Aug 07 | To Have & To Hold – Barratt Galleries, Alstonville, NSW
Aug 07 | Books 07 – Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa, QLD – emerging artist award
Jun 07 | So Bright It Hurts – the Alleyway Gallery, Lismore, NSW
May 07 | Looks @ Books #1 – University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD
Mar 07 | Lessons in History Vol. 1 – grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane, QLD
Nov 06 | EXIT 06 – BA Visual Arts Graduate Art Show, Southern Cross University, NSW
July 06 | Artist Book Prize – NEXT Contemporary Art Space, SCU, NSW
May 06 | Pratt Senior Printmakers Exhibition, Sputnik, Brooklyn, NYC, USA
Feb 06 | Libris Artists’ Books Awards – Artspace Mackay, QLD
Nov 05 | ‘Huntingpole’, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Jan 05 | ‘Sampling Two’ – NEXT Contemporary Art Space @ Byron, Byron Bay, NSW
COLLECTIONS
2015 | Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library Harvard University, USA. “Nauru” &
“Maribyrnong” Collaborative Artists’ Book
2013 | Australian Library of Art, State Library of QLD, “Ms Browns Lounge Zine Folio”
Zine folio of Regional artists zines curated by Ms Browns Lounge for the MCA Zine Fair 2013
2011 | Charles Sturt University, “fair & square”, Print folio curated by Rona Green
2010 | National Gallery of Australia, VIC Australian Art Collection “Most Random” Zine
2008 | Artspace Mackay, QLD “Costumes of the Russian Court Vol. 1” Artists’ Book
2008 | Australian Library of Art, State Library of QLD “Maribyrnong” Artists’ Book
2007 | Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland “Postmarks 1” Artists’ Book
2007 | Private Collection, New York City “Boy in a Sailor’s Suit” Artists’ Book
2005 | Wagga Regional Gallery, Wagga NSW Print Australia print exchange 2005
PUBLICATIONS
2012 | Clark, Julie. Arts Northern Rivers InFocus, Regional Arts newsletter April, feature.
2011 | Oppen, M. & Lyssiotis, P. “The Silent Scream: Political and social comment in
books by artists”. Exhibition publication: p122, 123.
2010 | Limerick School of Art & Design, Stick Magazine, feature article, p3
2010 | Brown, B. Blanket Magazine: Issue 21: Rock Paper Scissors, p61, 62
2010 | Eisenberg, J. & Kersey, S., ‘in (two) art’ exhibition catalogue, p11, 12
2008 | Pavlou, K. & James, T. “Family Footsteps: Armenia”, subject of the documentary
series by December Films & aired on ABC TV Australia, August 2008
GRANTS
2010 | Art Start Recipient, Australia Council for the Arts
2006 | KASKE Fellowship Award Winner, Southern Cross University, NSW

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