Photo-media Artist working in River Studios

Jody Haines is a socially-engaged photo-media artist, creating large-scale projection works, film, and photographic portraits that are displayed across public spaces.

Across Jody's practice, she engages with individuals and groups creating social studios to develop and present stories collaboratively. Including projects like Flipping the Script 2018 and Place Patterns 2018 both supported by Creative Victoria and Wyndham City Council, Women Dreaming for Women of the World Festival and Festival 2018 Commonwealth Games, and Our People Our Place, a new community-focused public art commission for Horizons Festival 2019, Sunshine Coast Queensland. Jody has exhibited in Channels Festival 2019, Dance Massive 2019, Arts House 2019, Sydney Festival 2018 (as part of Tell: Contemporary Indigenous Photography) Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2017, Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2017, and Immerse 2017 to list a few.

Current projects include new work focusing on identity, the politics of representation and feminist futures, through collaborative portrait making with local women. (To be presented at Footscray Community Arts Centre for PHOTO 2020).

2018, Jody completed a Master of Arts, Art in Public Space, at RMIT with distinction, and was included in the Vice Chancellors academic list. Currently, Jody is a PhD candidate at RMIT in the School of Art.

Jody lives and works on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples is a descendant of the Tommeginner people.

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?

One thing that attracted me to River studios, outside of the great proximity to the city, my home in Footscray and the beautiful natural light-soaked space, is the artist community that River Studios provide. The building is a fantastic ecosystem of artistic growth, energy and diverse practices' - I look forward to participating and contributing while a tenant.
I feel fortunate to have this opportunity for a dedicated space within River studios, where I can make and test ideas; somewhere I can safely create from and invite my participants. A location that is financially attainable and culturally supportive is something that will help my practice grow and expand.