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Electro Mania at ‘How do I Look’ 2018 video documentation still videographer Reynir Hutber

Deej Fabyc works with performance, installation, photography and video. Their work has for many years addressed the psychological dimensions of the personal and political experience of trauma. Current performance work is engaged with wicked embodied mapping of narratives of awkwardness, neurodiversity, ageing, loss, mental health and chronic illness. Fabyc has performed in museums, night clubs, and the street internationally since the 1980s. Recent performances have occurred in ‘How do I look’ with GraceGraceGrace at Guest Projects London, Theatres of Contagion Conference at Birkbeck London, and Collaborations with Annie Sprinkle  and Beth Stephens in Documenta both in Athens and Kassel. Deej has held a one year residency bursary at Artsadmin, London and has completed residencies at Dartington School of Art, Devon, the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, and Rules and Regs, at A Space Gallery, Southampton. Significant performances include Details at L’abracada Festival International d’Art Contemporani, Castell de la Bisbal, Spain 2006; And She Watched, Trace Installation Artspace, Cardiff, 2005 and Kingsgate Gallery, London 2004; and in Don’t Call it Performance, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and Centro Parraga, Murcia, Spain, 2003.

Fabyc has taught performance/fine art in the HE sector, the prison system and community settings for the past 20 years and currently lives in London lecturing at Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University.

Deej has a highly collaborative practice and has been a founding member of several collaborative projects including the underground feminist art collective JILLPOSTERS in Melbourne in the 1980s, and Elastic ARI Sydney 2000-2001 Elastic Residence, a London ARI 2004-11 of KISSS, an international curatorium of artists working with issues of surveillance. Since 2018 Deej has been Chair of FBI, a feminist network of artists planning work for 2019.
Deej Fabyc is Australian, but was born in London, spending their early childhood in England and Ireland before travelling to Australia aboard the P&O Arcadia to start secondary school. They completed their BFA at Southern Cross University and gained an MFA from the University of New South Wales Art and Design school.

If you would like to view any of my film video or performance work please contact me and I will send you a link to view the work

Collaborations and Curatoriums

Current

 

  • FBI – Founder and Chair, collective founded by three women artists – Fabyc, Best and Imara, actively collaborating with additional artists with an exhibition and workshop programme through 2018 and 2019 
  • KISSS The Kinship International Strategy on Surveillance and Suppression, Co Convenor and initiator (from 2005) www.kisss.org.uk
  • Elastic Residence Productions ltd, Director, (from 2004) Not for Profit Gallery and Production Studio London UK 
  • Member of FACES Feminist media Arts Organisation
  • The Women Artist Team, TWAT NY, International collaborative collective, United States
  • Trustee of the KFA award and member of Tactile Bosch art collective

Historic

 

2017
  • Sidewalk clinic, collaboration with Parliament of Bodies inc Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens –DOCUMENTA 14, Kassel, Germany
2016
  • Wet Dreams collaboration with  Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, Exercise of Freedom #25 Documenta, Athens, , Greece, Curated by Paul Preciado
2004

 

2003
  • Call Call Me Now, with Elvis Richardson, Changing Channels Berlin
2002
  • Eye Witness Frenzy, Collaboration with Elvis Richardson under the pseudonyms ‘Rich and Fabulous’ The Physics Room NZ
2001
  • Details, in collaboration with the International Sex worker Forum, Slovenian Pavilion – Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2000 – 2009  
  • member of Elastic Projects Sydney Australia, organising collaborative projects at Elastic, Sydney,
1998
  • The Caretakers Residence, with Elvis Richardson, performance at The Bridge- Construction in Process, Melbourne, Australia
1994-1995
  • Board member of SIN – Sydney Intermedia Network, Curatorial and advocacy organisation for “New Media Art”
1988
  • Member of Nocturne Studios residential artist studios in Lismore,NSW, Australia
1984-1988
  • Member of Herland and The Valley women’s intentional communities Northern NSW Australia.
1986
  • Garage Graphix Screen print Workshop Mount Druit Western Sydney, Australia
1983- 6
1983
  • Women’s Warehouse art and residential collective Fitzroy Melbourne
1983-6
  • JILLPOSTERS – women’s collective producing and fly posting posters across Melbourne, Australia

Awards & Residencies

2018

2011

  • Residency in Ljubiana, Slovenia at KUD MREZA whilst developing project at the Alkatraz gallery

2008

  • Artsadmin Residency Bursary 2007-8 London UK

2007

  • Cite Internationale Des Artes Paris France
  • Rules And Regs, A Space Southampton UK
  • Dartington College Residency Totnes Devon UK

2006

  • Australia Council – awarded to Elastic – to create online project
  • Dev R Grant University of Wales Newport

2005

  • Trajectory Artist 2005/6 – Space/Artquest London UK

2004

  • Dev R Grant University of Wales Newport

2003

  • Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant

2002

  • Artist in Residence Artspace studio program Sydney

2001

  • Helen Lempiere National Sculpture award exhibition

2000

  • Australia Council New Work Grant– awarded to Elastic – to publish an artists book

1997

  • Residency W139 Artspace Amsterdam Netherlands
  • Contempora 5 National Gallery of Victoria(Australian equivalent of the Turner prize)

1992

  • Residency in the Power Foundation studio at the Cite International des Arts for six months extended to nine months. An award from the Power Foundation University of Sydney

1991

  • Australia council development grant to research new media practice in the United States and Europe

1985

  • Award from the National Women’s Consultative  Council Australia for a poster designed to commemorate International Womens Decade 1975-85  This was $2000 and a big print run of the poster which was distributed nationally – This felt huge at the time

 

Solo Exhibitions

2011

  • Deej Fabyc – Daddy was a spy for the Soviet Union – Alkatraz gallery, Ljubljana

 

2008

  • Quiet Bells Sprung, Dartington Gallery Devon UK

2006

  • The Parlour Room-Keening After Things, Elastic Residence London
  • We Can Work it Out, Gallery Barry Keldoulis Sydney Australia

2005

  • Handle on Nowhere, Gallery Barry Keldoulis Sydney Australia
  • And she watched Trace Gallery, Cardiff (Wales)

2003

  • Cherry Ripe and other Complications, MOP Sydney Australia

2000

  • Deej Fabyc, Elastic gallery, Sydney

1999

  • Notes from Continuous Circumstance, Performance Space,
  • Australian Perspecta “Living Here Now”

1998

  • Secondary Complications, William Mora Gallery Melbourne
  • The white Room Strawberry Girl, Experimental Art Foundation

1997

  • Green Room /Arcadia, In Dialogue curated by Theo Tagelaars W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1994

This Rose is for Sale, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Australia

1993

One for the Boys Fifth Australian Sculpture Trienniale, Panorama Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia, associated project of Fifth Australian Sculpture Trienniale

1992

  • This Rose is for Sale, Cite Internationale des arts, Paris, France
  • Admission – Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening Linden Gallery,  Melbourne, Australia

1991

  • Admission – Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening Legge Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1990

  • Look not for meaning but what the meaning excludes; putting the heart in it, performative installation at Regret Signal Box, Museum Station and Legge Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1985

  • We’re different girls now Poster work, Bitumen River Gallery, Manuka, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

1983

  • Wipe out War not Women, produced in association with JILL POSTERS, Melbourne, Australia now held in National Gallery of Australia Collection

Group Exhibitions, Festivals & Performances

2018 
2017
  • Performed in Sidewalk Clinic, Annie Sprinkle Performance at Documenta, Kassel
  • Garage Graphix at Cross Art Projects featured some of my work from 1986
  • Theatres of Contagion: Infectious Performance, performed HCV Red Thread at Birkbeck 11-12 May 2017
  • The Cass (Open Field Residency),the Sir John CASS School of Art, Architecture and Design, London, UK
  • The Bedroom, TWAT Collective at Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY, curated by Jessica Willis and Paula Lalala toured to  Na Gallery, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea & Holland Tunnel Gallery,curated by C. Skoczek, E. Melas, and P. Lalala, Brooklyn NY, United States

2016

2015

2014

2012
  • THERE IS NO GLOBAL; a discussion of Australian views of contemporary art practice,Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, WC1N 2AB organised by ACME Studios

2011

2010

  • Sold Out – Elastic Residence, London
  • Art Video Exhibition celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Red Dawns, Gallery Kapsulla, KUD Mreža, Ljubljana, Poland
  • The Resort, The Residence Gallery, London

 2009

  •  JT PROJECT 09 – James Taylor Gallery, London
  • Interrupted Correspondence / Vive-Versa – Five Years, London
  • A Few Small Changes -H29 Gallery 29 Rue Andre Hennebicqstraat B-1060 Brussels
  • Maria Lactans the Incredible Miracle, Fete for the Wicked, Hackney London, UK
  • KISSA, performance,15 Minute Factory, London,UK

 2008

  •  CRASH WORSHIP – tactileBOSCH, Cardiff, Wales
  • Artspace 24/25 – Artspace Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • KISSS – Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
  •  DEEJ FABYC – Cat House Camp – The Documentation (Artsadmin bursary showing) – Artsadmin / Toynbee Studios, London
  •  DEEJ FABYC – Cat House Camp – Artsadmin / Toynbee Studios, London
  • Artists Rank at The Guy Hilton Gallery Presents Live on Stage
  • Leaves Fall Yet They Return a ceremony The Gallery, Dartington College of Art
  • Outcasting, Season 5, curated by Michael Cousins – Online exhibition

2007

  • December Group – Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, NSW
  • Rules And Regs, A Space Gallery, Southampton
  • Specter versus Rector, The Residence Gallery, London
  • AVE festival, Curated programme, Landmark Bergen Kunsthall Norway

2006

  • Details, live work at L’Abracada, Gresol Festival International d’Art Contemporani Castell de la Bisbal, Spain
  • For Matthew and Others, Cambelltown Arts Centre curated by Anne Loxley, Sydney, Australia
  • Between the Sheets a TactileBosch project at Juno Records, Camden, London UK,
  • Making Love to your Ego, curated by ‘Another Product,’ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
  • Paradise, TactileBOSCH, Cardiff, UK

2005

  • KISSS(Kinship International Strategy on Surveillance and Supression) Conical Inc, Fitzroy, VIC
  • Pisstake, Live at KISSS Launch Whitechapel Art Gallery,London
  • A Piece of Me,  performance at TactileBosch part of the Cardiff Contemporary
  • The Shangri-La Collective, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila
  • Elastic – an Archive Project, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney
  • I’m travellin light’ … cur. Deborah Onstrow, Spacement, Victoria, Australia

2004

  • Don’t Call it Performance/No lo llames performance Centro
  • Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Spain
  • Don’t Call it Performance/No lo llames performance, El Museo del Barrio, NY,NY, USA.
  • And she Watched, Kingsgate Gallery London
  • Institute for physics Group Show, curated by Jill Rock London
  • All for Love, Brompton Cemetery curated by Jill Rock London
  • Muddy Love 2004, Ben Eastop/Anne Bean 6000 chairs event.
  • Bile Story Act 2, 291 Gallery London
  • Etak, curated by Joanna Callaghan at Elastic Residence
  • Shangrilla Collective, organised by Maria Cruz video show at
  • Artspace, Sydney touring to Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
  • Elastic, Elastic Residence London, UK

2003

  • Don’t Call it Performance/No lo llames performanceft Deej Fabyc live works: And She Watched  and Role Call Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
  • No lo llames performance (translation Don’t Call it Performance) ft Deej FabycWatched, Details Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and & Centro Parraga, Murcia, Spain
  • New York Calling P.S.1 Studio project, Long Island City, NY USA
  • The Shangri-la Collective Artspace, Sydney ft I’m Scared, Artspace, Sydney touring to Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia and Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila btwn 2003-5
  • Call Call Me Now, with Elvis Richardson,  & Changing Channels  London Biennale Cross Pollinations – BackFabrik – Berlin
  • Details, performance at L’Abracada Festival International d’Art Contemporani, Castell de la Bisbal, Spain

2002

  • The Difference Between You & Us, 5 years Gallery, London
  • Attention Span, Freespace, Sydney, Australia
  • Erskineville Bile Story, Performance Hard Times, Curated by Nick Tsoutas as a satellite event of the Sydney Biennale 2002
  • Eye Witness Frenzy, Collaboration with Elvis Richardson under the pseudonyms ‘Rich and Fabulous’ The Physics Room NZ

2001

  • Perfect Strangers, Curated by Blair French, Canberra Contemporary Art Space & CCP, Melbourne (2000) Australia
  • Blondies and Brownies – weiß weiß bin ich auch curated by Rafael Von Uslar, Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich, Germany
  • Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Victoria, Australia Gateway to Magmell, Sculpture permanently installed at Gold Coast Arts Centre in Queensland, Australia
  • Details performance in the Slovenian Pavilion – International Sex Worker Forum Venice Biennale Italy.
  • Caravan – Freespace – Sydney Australia curated by Lisa Andrews
  • All the rage : the poster in Victoria 1850 – 2000 (ft Jillposters work) online exhibition State Library of Victoria, Australia

2000

  • Blondies and Brownies, curated by Rafeal Von Uslar,TORCH gallery, Amsterdam
  • Starring Five Years, London (England)
  • August 26, Curated by Deej Fabyc, Elastic gallery, Sydney
  • Opening And Closing Show: ft Jay Balbi, Deej Fabyc, Sarah Goffman, Mark Hislop, Andrew Hurle, Ann Kay, Leah McLeod, Elvis Richardson & Elizabeth Pulie, Elastic gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Location, curated by Deej Fabyc ft Lisa Andrew, Lisa Holden, Sadie Chandler, Virginia Reid, Shannon Sutherland, Justene Williams & Deej Fabyc, Elastic Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1999

  • Exit/Action, performance, Performance Space, Sydney.
  • Telling Tales, Curated by Peter Weibel, Jill Bennett, & Jackie Dunn, the Neue Gallery, Graz, Austria & Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney. (1998) Tender is Room, video at Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney and as part of Every other day Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney, Australia, Australia
  • Details, live symp. Trauma & Memory, Neue Gallery, Graz, Austria
  • Sin- thetics, Curated by Lea Donnan, Herringbone gallery, Sydney
  • Megalo: printing history 18 years of Megalo Access Arts Cur Brendan Dahl Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, Australia

1998

  • Details, performance at Artspace Sydney
  • The Caretakers Residence, Performance at The Bridge-Construction in Process, Melbourne. With Elvis Richardson.
  • Every other day Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Private Parts MUMA – Monash University Museum of Art, Australia
  • Edifying Sappho & Socrates, Curated by Rafael Von Uslar,Torch Gallery Amsterdam,& Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
  • Muddy Love, Telling Tales Exhibition at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery

1997

  • Dialogue, W139 Gallery, Amsterdam Netherlands
  • Contempora 5, National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Artspace, Sydney.
  • Details, performance at the Artists Museum, Lodz, Poland
  • Cry me a River, performance at Artspace, Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1996

  • The White Room, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
  • Sing And They Wont Get You, Art Omi Artist Residence Programme NY, Hudson, USA

1995

  • Matinaze 95 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
  • The White Room, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
  • Group Show Legge Gallery, Redfern, Sydney Australia

1994

  • Trick II, Temple der Luste, performance & art festival celebrating sex worker culture, Berlin, Germany
  • Trick, SH Irving Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Remain in light, Blaxland Gallery, Grace Brothers, Sydney, Australia
  • 25 Years of Performance Art in Australia: Performance Art, Performance and Events Tour: Sucking at the Sublime, 4 day durational performance at: Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, all Australia
  • True stories: Group show ft Deej Fabyc, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
  • Fresh Art, 20 young Sydney artists, curated by Felicity Fenner and Anne Loxley,
  • SH Ervin Gallery
  • Don’t Stop, Curated by Shiralee Saul & Susan Fereday, Linden St Kilda Arts centre, Melbourne Australia

1993

  • Tempest, group show at Legge Gallery,Sydney Australia
  • VITAE  curated by Shiralee Saul, Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial, R.M.I.T. Gallery Melbourne, Australia
  • Not Getting Any ft Sleeping in Paris, video of performance from 1992 The IMA Brisbane, Australia
  • She realised performance Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Honey you… performance Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • One for the Boys sculptural Installation, The Performance Space Sydney, Australia and toured to Melbourne
  • Triennale Umbrella, group show at First Draft West, Sydney, Australia
1992
  • Thisness, Legge Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Group Show Cite International des Arts, Paris, France

1991

  • Look not for meaning but what the meaning excludes; putting the heart in it performative installation The Performance Space, Sydney, Australia
  • The Portia Geach Memorial Show, SH Irving Art, Sydney, Australia
  • Works on Paper, Legge Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Beauty and the Beast The Tin Sheds, Sydney, Australia
  • Unititled The Performance Space, Sydney, Australia

1990

  • The Cow Show Legge Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Post Graduate Exhibition, Unisearch House, UNSW
  • Pressing Issues, poster exhibition curated by Julia Church, State Library of Victoria
  • Block 3, The Works Gallery, School of Visual Art UNSW

1989

  • The Christmas show, EMR gallery, Renwick st Redfern, Sydney Australia

1988

  • Bravura, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW, Australia
1987
  • Women’s Art Show, big survey show invitation of Mandy Smith co-organiser piers 2 /3 the rocks Sydney, Australia
  • Truth Rules II – Socially Concerned Posters & Prints, returned to original venue Experimental Art Foundation 

1986

1985

  • Megalo Unemployment project, associated with the Jobless Action project, Bitumen River Gallery, Manuka, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  • Threads of wild silk : an exhibition of works on fabric and paper by Morgyn Phillips, Ann Gibbons, Deej Fabyc, Anne Mather, Bitumen River Gallery, Manuka, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
1984
  • Truth Rules OK, co-curated by poet Ken Bolton and artist Christine Goodwin, touring exhibition of posters organised by the Experimental Arts foundation, Adelaide
  • Womens Art Register, Touring Exhibition included JILLPOSTERS work

1983

  • JillpostersBitumen River Gallery, Manuka, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  • Womens Archives ExhibitionBitumen River Gallery, Manuka, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

1982

  • New Fazes Exhibition of young artists at Bitumen River Gallery, Manuka, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.