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Pilar Mata Dupont is an artist based between Western Australia and the Netherlands. Using highly theatrical and cinematic methods, she investigates ideas of nationalism, identity, mythology, and the psychological triggers of nostalgia through the use of parable and allegory. In 2012 she was a recipient of a Mid-career Fellowship from the Western Australian Government, allowing her to investigate her family history in Argentina as part of an ongoing project. A survey of her solo video works were shown as part of the CineB Film Festival in Santiago, Chile in late 2013 and her most recent solo exhibition, Pilar Mata Dupont – Kaiho, opened in the Rappu space at the Pori Art Museum, Finland in late 2014. In 2015 she was one of ten nominees for the main prize at the prestigious Spring Exhibition at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. In July 2015, she was the winner of the Art Mill Gallery and Framing Centre main award at the Plymouth Contemporary Open Art Prize in the UK. The judges of this prize included Turner Prize judge, Helen Legg, and Artistic Director of Tate St Ives, Sam Thorne. In October 2015, she won the Residency Prize for the Wexner Center for the Arts at the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, in São Paulo, Brazil. Other recent exhibition highlights include the SeMA Biennale – Mediacity Seoul, at the Seoul Museum of Art; Salon Fluchthilfe – Utopian Pulse, Flares in the Darkroom, at the Secession museum in Vienna and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; and An Internal Difficulty, at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. In collaboration with Tarryn Gill, she participated in the 17th Sydney Biennale and won the $100,000AUD Basil Sellers Art Prize in 2010, and held a ten-year retrospective at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2011. In partnership with Thea Costantino and Gill as multi-artform collective Hold Your Horses, she made work commissioned by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, 2012, for the exhibition Wagner 2013: Künstlerpositionen. Mata Dupont has solo and collaborative work in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Campbelltown Arts Centre, University of Western Australia, Artbank, the City of Perth, Queensland Art Gallery and Stadiums Queensland. Writers: Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth Pilar Mata Dupont fulleg Date written: 2012 Last updated: 2015
b. 1981
Pilar Mata Dupont is a Western Australian artist, who works across film, photography, spectacle, performance, and design, sometimes in collaboration with Tarryn Gill, or as part of Hold Your Horses, with Gill and Thea Costantino.
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