Amrita Hepi (AU/NZ)
Image: Amrita Hepi, Honey Long & Prue Stent, Omphalus (video still), 2021. Courtesy of the artists, Anna Schwartz Gallery and Arc One Gallery Melbourne.
Born 1989, Bundjulung/Ngapuhi (Townsville), Australia
Lives and works Melbourne, Australia
Amrita Hepi is an award-winning artist. Her practice is concerned with dance as a social function performed within galleries, performance spaces, video art and digital technologies. She engages in forms of historical fiction and hybridity—especially those that arise under empire—to investigate the bodies’ relationship to personal histories and archive. She was on the Forbes Asia list of 30 under 30, has won the People’s Choice Award twice as part of the prestigious Keir Choreographic Award, and won FBi radio’s Best Artist of the year in 2019. Amrita is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, is a current artist in residence at Gertrude Contemporary and lecturer in Dance and Visual Arts at VCA. She studied dance at NAISDA and Alvin Ailey New York.