Presenting a world premiere across borders, discover the process of bringing Alix Marie’s new body of work, Styx, to life. Co-commissioned by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and Photoworks, Styx is a new body of work conceived for the 2021 Biennale where Marie delves further into her interest in water deities, and the intersection between the body, its representation, and an expansive idea of photography.

Alix Marie draws on the ancient myth of Styx, a Greek Oceanid representing the boundary between Earth and the Underworld. Using largescale cyanotypes, sound and video, the artist will create an immersive installation exploring the fragility of the contemporary world order. Conceived during the hight of the pandemic in Europe the work also references the fragility of the body.

We will be joined by French artist Alix Marie; Shoair Mavlian, Director Photoworks; and Fiona Sweet, Artistic Director Ballarat International Foto Biennale. This conversation event is surely not to be missed.


About Alix Marie
Alix Marie is a multi-disciplinary French artist based in London. Her work explores our relationship to bodies and their representation, with a particular interest in addressing gender stereotypes while mixing mythological references with autobiographical elements. Recent exhibitions include: Photoworks Festival Propositions for Alternative Narratives 2020, Sucer La Nuit at Musée des Beaux Arts Le Locle (Solo, 2019) and Shredded at Roman Road (Solo, 2019). In 2019 she was awarded the Vic Odden Award by the Royal Photographic Society for a notable achievement in the art of photography by an artist aged 35 or under.

About Photoworks
Photoworks (UK) champions photography for everyone. An international platform, global in reach, Photoworks have provided opportunities for artists and audiences since 1995. Their programme brings new experiences to audiences and opens up new ways to encounter photography. Photoworks is a registered charity and the only organisation with a national remit for photography in England. Their work is supported by public funding through Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.

About Shoair Mavlian
Shoair Mavlian is Director of Photoworks. She is responsible for the strategic vision and artistic direction of the organisation including exhibitions, publishing, digital content and learning & engagement. Recent Photoworks projects include ‘Photoworks Festival: Propositions for Alternative Narratives’ (2020), ‘Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Zone Grise/The Land In between’ (MEP, Paris 2019) and ‘Brighton Photo Biennial: A New Europe’ (2018).
From 2011-2018 Mavlian was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated the major exhibitions ‘Don McCullin’ (2019) ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018), ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’ (2016), ‘Conflict, Time, Photography’ (2014), ‘A Chronicle of Interventions’ (2014) and ‘Harry Callahan’ (2013). While at Tate Modern she helped build the photography collection and curated collection displays enjoyed by over 5 million visitors per year.

About Fiona Sweet
A prominent and highly respected Artistic Director, Fiona Sweet is renowned for inspiring and intelligent delivery of uniquely curated festivals and exhibitions. Currently, Fiona is the Artistic Director and CEO of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia’s leading contemporary photographic event. The Biennale delivers a dynamic program of two major photographic exhibition streams showcasing acclaimed Australian and international artists, while fostering the development of emerging and regional artists.
Fiona is also the Director of the National Centre For Photography, Australia’s newest and only regional gallery dedicated exclusively to photography. Fiona is an influential and in-demand public speaker, industry judge, photographic portfolio reviewer and assessor in Australia and internationally.

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In Conversation: Alix Marie, Photoworks and BIFB
  • Free Ticket
    November 4, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm