Tessa Zettel is an artist, writer, researcher and educator who works in various collaborative modes to imagine or enact other ways of living. Her interdisciplinary projects are often durational, participatory interventions in which a kind of fabulist archaeology makes visible contested histories and possible futures. They involve opening up spaces of dialogue, new forms of exchange, mapping, and revaluing overlooked cultural practices and knowledge.
In recent years Tessa has worked with Marjetica Potrč in Belgrade for Urban Incubator and been a fellow at Akrai residency, Sicily, and Berlin’s Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U). In 2015 she spent 6 months at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, as recipient of both the Power Institute Residency Fellowship and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Scholarship, researching a new work about decolonial garden histories. She is currently part of the collective ventures Collective Disaster, The Librarium and Weathering, and was previously a member of Yurt Empire and Summer School for Applied Autonomy.
Tessa is also a co-founder of Makeshift, whose speculative site-based projects appeared in such exhibitions as If you were to live here… 5th Auckland Triennial, curated by Hou Hanru (Fresh Gallery, Auckland 2013), Primavera 2011 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2011), Sister Cities Biennial: Urbanition (San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery/Carriageworks 2011), and In the Balance: Art for a Changing World (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2010).
When in Sydney she teaches in various interdisciplinary design courses at the University of Technology Sydney.
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