Sian Tjia Hennessy, Highly Commended GradFoto 2023

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents the GradFoto 2023 exhibition, showcasing twenty-one finalists from ten universities across Australia and for the first time, New Zealand. This award celebrates the artistic excellence of graduating students, open to emerging contemporary artists and graduating students from selected Australian institutions whose artistic practice uses photography as its primary medium.


Three Highly Commended entries were awarded for their work.

Sian Tjia Hennessy for their series New Memories of Past Futures, 2023. International judge Virginia Woods-Jack said, ‘I loved this project, exploring a hopeful future rather than a dystopian one is refreshing, and using vintage film slide viewers to showcase potential future scenes is a unique and engaging idea. Overall, it appears to have been a well-conceptualised installation. Congratulations! I look forward to seeing where you go next with your practice.’