Marlaina Read

Marlaina Read
Marlaina is invested in making liminal spaces habitable through immersive, collaborative and meditative works and by examining the space where technology and the human intersect, through both assistance and negation. Through a variety of traditional and exploratory techniques, she creates photographs, installation and video that reference navigation, place marking, labour, ritual and output, grounded in ideas of collectivity and exchange. Using analogue and experimental processes and working in environments of solitude, she responds to specific conditions of that place.

She recently completed her MFA at the University of New South Wales and has exhibited in Australia, Finland, Spain, Iceland, Canada, USA, Germany, and the UK. She has been an artist in residence at NES, Iceland, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto and Mustarinda, Finland. She is the editor and publisher of Invisible City Magazine.


Master of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2013
Visual Communication and Media Arts, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin 2004
Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons), Sydney University 2004

SOLO / 2 Person

2016 Song of Sibyl CAN and International with Katelyn Clark (forthcoming)
2016 Furious Devotion Gaffa Gallery Sydney (forthcoming)
2016 This is Spiritual and Physical Seventh Gallery Melbourne
2014 Monument to Decay Mustarinda Finland
2014 TOO YOUNG TOO LIGHT TO WORK Bus Projects Melbourne
2013 A Place Prepared for Sleep, höfði, Skagastrond Iceland (with Yogun Muller)
2012 Terrains of Hesitation CoFA Space Sydney
2011 Do you have a recurring dreamspace - can you describe it to me? Kudos Gallery Sydney
2011 Dwell (for Yuula Benivolski) as part of Format Festival Adelaide
2010 Markers for better living (tree) Format Gallery Adelaide
2010 On My Shore ESP Gallery Sydney
2005 A small exhibition of works.. Exeter Gallery Adelaide
2003 Ravens and Writing Desks Newspace Gallery Sydney


2016 Other Worlds Zine Fair, Glebe Town Hall Sydney (forthcoming)
2016 Blake Prize Casula Powerhouse Sydney
2015 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
2015 Looking In Looking Out Gaffa Gallery Sydney
2015 BEAMS Festival Gaffa Gallery Program Sydney
2014 Double Mint Gum Format Festival Mint Studios Adelaide
2014 Slow Video TRANZAC Toronto
2013 ORGI4 Kings Ari Melbourne
2013 Summer We Go Public, NES Iceland
2013 Hafsjá seascape project, collaboration with Yogan Muller
2013 Portrait studies for street /graf artist Guido Van Helten, realised in large format streetscape works in Skagastrond, Iceland
2013 Opið Hús, NES Iceland
2012 GHOST HOLE IV, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto
2012 Roseanne / Angry Format Gallery Adelaide
2012 Alive and Well Firstdraft Gallery Sydney
2011 Occupy House Martin Place, Sydney (large scale installation)
2011 Democracy is dead Pitt St Mall, Sydney (performance)
2010 Mythologies Fausto Coppi Space as part of Format Festival Adelaide (curator & participant)
2010Works 2004-2005 The Reading Room Adelaide
2009 Format + 2% BIG Queens Theatre Adelaide (projection work)
2009 SUPERNATURE Urban Cow Gallery Adelaide (curator & participant)
2009 A Shrill Chuckle of Irrepressible Delight Mu Mason Film Archives Sydney (film screening)
2008 Square One Mori Gallery Sydney
2007 Showcase Mahan Gallery Columbus Ohio
2007 Square One Chalk Horse Gallery Sydney
2006 Acquiescence Fringe Festival Adelaide
2006 Adelaide Fringe Festival Opening Night Adelaide (projection work)
2006 25/25 Arts on Bourke Sydney
2005 Human Expo Overtoom301 Amsterdam
2005 Intimacy Campbell Works London
2005 The Social The Arsenal Los Angeles
2004 Rudgang UDK Berlin
2004 Swing Tiergarten Berlin (performance)
2004 Degree Show SCA Gallery Sydney
2003 In Other Words Phatspace Sydney (curator & participant)
2003 E-Motion Castelo de S. Jorge Lisbon
2003 Degree Show SCA Gallery Sydney
2002 Sophomore Newspace Gallery Sydney
2002 Darkroom SCA Gallery Sydney
2002 You Me Us and Them SCA Gallery Sydney
2002 Tomorrow Forever Newspace Gallery Sydney (curator & participant)


2016 Finalist Blake Prize
2015 Finalist, Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award
2014 Residency at Mustarinda, Finland
2014 Residency at Kunstnerhuset i Lofoten, Svolvaer, Norway
2013 Residency at NES, Skagastrond, Iceland
2012 The Portable Hole, Curated residency with Monique Mouton, Artscape Gibralter Point Toronto
2010 Residency at Artscape Gibralter Point Toronto
2006 Selected as one of 25 artists under 25 by Art and Australia Magazine and Noise
2004 Six month exchange to Universitat der Kunste Berlin
2014 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Exchange Scholarship
2014 Mary Catherine Dally Bursary


2009-2015 Editor and Publisher of INVISIBLE CITY online PDF art magazine
2015 Blood Work: Magdalena Olszanowski – Marlaina Read - nomorepotlucks Issue 39 Trash (Can)
2014 Too Young Too Light To Work Exhibition Catalogue essays by Alanna Lorenzon and Chloe Langford
2013 Summer We Go Public (Exhibition Catalogue)
2012 YEN Magazine Issue 56
2012 Guard of women, Strategic essentialism, practiced place - Occupy Melbourne Digest
2011 The power of Silence as a form of non-violent direct action - Occupy Sydney Digest
2011 FBI Radio blog - Canvas Interview
2011 Side Street sydney - Interview
2011 Interview for 2SER Radio Sydney
2010 Light Journeys - Group show
2010 FORMAT Collective Annual
2010 Mythologies (Exhibition Catalogue)
2009 SUPERNATURE Rip It Up Issue 1016 (AU)
2009 Spotlight: SUPERNATURE Fringe Benefits
2009 INVISIBLE CITY (editor and publisher)
2009 TOMO Interview and images (Mexico)
2009 And I Still Miss You Issue One
2007 Kiss Machine Goodbye Issue (Can)
2006 25/25 Art & Australia Vol 43 No 4
2005 Common People Journal (Can)
2005 Frankie Magazine Issue 6
2005 / Magazine Issue 4 (US)
2005 Matrix Magazine Issue 72 New Victorians (Can & US)