Simryn Gill was born in 1959 in Singapore and presently lives in Sydney, Australia and Malaysia. She represented Australia in the 55th Venice Biennale, the oldest and most important event on the international contemporary visual arts calendar.
Gill has a diverse practice, including making photographs, sculptures and collections, and writing. Her work could be described as a sorting of the residue of her immediate environments, creating unexpected archives and records of the things she finds. Working with simple materials, Gill channels the elusive meanings of places and her relationships with them into a realm of subtle, critical engagement.
Her processes include methodical collections culled from the detritus of daily life (Garland, Naughts), photographing her surroundings—both the quotidian (May 2006, Power Station) and the more obscure (My Own Private Angkor), writing (Guide to the murals of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, Where to draw the line), and thoughtful interventions that instill meaning into ordinary objects (32 Volumes, Selfseeds, Pooja Loot).
Gill works in both larger photographic series and smaller, carefully constructed collections. Through their modesty and quiet insistence, Gill’s unassuming yet penetrating works have the capacity to disturb our perceptions of the systematic nature of life.
Her recent solo exhibitions include: “Letters Home”, Amrita Jhaveri, Mumbai, 2010; “Inland”, Centre for
Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2009; “Gathering”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2008. Recent group shows include: “Animism”, Kunsthalle Bern, 2010; Sharjah Biennial, 2009; “Transmission Interrupted”, Modern Art Oxford, 2009; The Biennale of Sydney, 2008; Documenta XII, Kassel, 2007.