Photographer, curator, teacher. 
Based in Melbourne.

Madeléna is a photographer and curator based in Melbourne. After completing a BA in Photography at RMIT, she went on to co-found and direct Ruffian Gallery, a home to socially aware photographers in Melbourne’s West. Her focus on connecting wider audiences to visual journalism has seen her working for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the Yume App, and led her to her current role as Asia-Pacific manager for street art collective, #Dysturb. She has worked on #Dysturb campaigns through photo festivals and partnerships in Toronto (CONTACT Photography festival), Bogotá (National University of Colombia residency), Charlottesville (Look3 Festival), Melbourne (Photobook Melbourne), Sydney (ACP/UTS), Perpignan (Visa Pour L’image), Paris (Magnum Foundation), and guerilla campaigns in Hobart, Montréal, and New Orleans over the past two years. She is currently teaching at RMIT University and working as a freelance photographer.

Recent features:


Sessional Tutor & Lecturer, Photography & Photojournalism, RMIT University, Australia
INSTAGRAM Ambassador - 'Where I Lay My Head' Exhibition, Australia 
Photo Editor, Joyce Evans Photographer, Australia
Corinne Noordenboss Sequencing workshop, Zagreb, Croatia
Photo editing workshop: Kazuma Obara & Hajime Kimura, Australia

2015 - 16:

Freelance Curator & Photographer; NYC, Bogotá, Paris, Montreál, Toronto
Asia Pacific Manager, #DYSTURB for campaigns; 
Look3 Festival, Charlottesville, USA 
CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada 
Visa Pour L'image, Perpignan, France
Street campaigns in New Orleans, Paris, Montreal, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney

2012 - 15:

Director & Curator, Ruffian Gallery
Art Director, Prism Imaging
Art Direction & Mural Artist, Wrangler Studios
Photographer, The Yume App
Photographer, Sly Rat Theatre
Photographer, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Photographer, MAG (Music Australia Guide) Magazine


Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
Photography Studies College, Melbourne
University of South Australia, Adelaide
Unless You Will, photography symposium, RMIT University

Scholarships and Awards:

SOYA (Spirit of Qantas Awards), Highly Commended Photographer (2012)
1st Prize, Fine Art Award, Mullet Youth Festival (2009)
South Australian Excellence in Fine Art Award (2009)
Outstanding Fine Art Award, MHS (2008)
Scholarship at Warabi Coco, Tokyo, Japan (2007)

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