Photographer, curator. Based in Melbourne.
Madz is a photographer, curator and educator based in Narrm / Melbourne, Australia. From a family of Czech puppeteers, her work is often physical, messy and playful. She is a 3 time Moreland City Council grant recipient for her collaborative project, 'Atlas', which combines public photography, journalism and poetry installations in collaboration with young women across Melbourne's North. Her interest in contemporary visual storytelling began when she co-founded Ruffian Gallery, a home to socially aware photographers in Footscray, VIC (2012-2016). She worked alongside #DYSTURB on various campaigns in Toronto (CONTACT Festival), Charlottesville (Look3 Festival), Bogotá (University residency) and in Australian schools. Her portraiture has been featured on the main feed of Instagram (2018) and was a semi-finalist in the Moran Photography prize (2019). She currently teaches photography at RMIT University, creates visual content for the Centre for Multicultural Youth's Young Initiators social media project and is carrying out a residency in the RMIT Alumni photography program at PhotoFutures lab in Collingwood.
Workshops / residencies / awards:
Warabi Scholarship Program, Tokyo, Japan (February – May 2006)
Mullet Festival Award, 1st Place Visual Arts Award (Photography), Adelaide, Australia (2007)
SOYA Qantas, Highly Commended photographer, Sydney, Australia (2015)
#Dysturb artist residency, National University of Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia August 2016
Building a ‘Visual Story’ Corinne Noordenbos and Fiorenza Pinna intensive photobook workshop, Zagreb, Croatia, September 2017
‘Transmedia Storytelling’ by Screen Labs, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2018
Moran Photographic Prize, Shortlisted, 2019
RMIT Alumni residency, Photofutures Lab, 2019
Moreland City Council grant, Fawkner Festa, public photography installation 2019
Moreland City Council grant, Glenroy Calling Festival, public photography installation, 2018
Moreland City Council grant, Special Arts Commission, Saxon Lane, 2019