Viva Gibb (AU)

Image: Viva Gibb, Artists of Pitcha Mi Koori exhibition (Kim Kruger, Destiny Deacon, Maree Clarke and Lisa Bellear), 1990. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Sybil Gibb and Rupert Duffy in memory of Viva Gibb 2019. Courtesy of the Estate of Viva Gibb.

Born 1945, Melbourne, Australia
Deceased 2017

Viva Gibb (1945–2017) was a Melbourne-based artist who studied painting and printmaking at the National Gallery Art School in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her childhood interest in photography led her to incorporate old photographs into her silk-screen prints at art school and the medium soon became the focus of her artistic practice. She began exhibiting her photographs in 1976 when she held her first solo exhibition at George Paton Gallery at the University of Melbourne, followed by a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1979. Gibb’s commitment to social documentary photography saw her create a unique body of work that is both personal and political.

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