Living Room: Chelle Destefano

Living Room is a series of short films by visual artist Nina Sanadze.

An artist sits at their desk. She is facing the camera, with a short blond bob and dark rimmed glasses. She wears a purple jumper and holds a puppet - Kermit, in her hand. On the desk are art materials and a water bottle. Behind her is a set of shelves and a table. the table is full of more art materials and large colourful paintings lean against the shelf. On the floor are more art materials.

Living Room Volume I by Nina Sanadze

Living Room is a series of short films by visual artist Nina Sanadze. Watch Volume I presented by Bus Projects here.

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Living Room Volume 2 - Chelle Destefano, 9 August 2021

Living Room is an ongoing series of short films by visual artist Nina Sanadze.

Each film presents a portrait of a Melbourne artist captured in their home studio and sometimes at their job too.

Recorded on a smartphone in between Covid lockdowns, the films blend domestic and political, private and public creating personal, insightful biographies of artists and living conditions of our time. 

Chelle Destefano is a Deaf multi-disciplinary artist working with performance art, sculpture, textile, poetry, and Auslan poetry, drawing, and painting, often combing some or many of these disciplines into one work.

Such as some of her Auslan poetry performance artworks used textiles and later the textile works had poetry words sewn into the textile works and then the textile work was installed on a wall, with the performance video projected onto it.

Chelle’s works are currently focused on informing of her Deaf history and Deaf experiences to educate people on Deaf culture and Deaf history and to give them a real Deaf experience.

Chelle has had many solo and group exhibitions between 2012 and 2021, shown in Melbourne, Adelaide, and between 2015 and 2017 abroad in Venice, Paris, Berlin, and Rome.

She was selected as a finalist for many art awards from 2019 to now. Art awards she has been in include the Banyule Art Award for works on paper, Lyn McCrea Drawing Prize, Noel Counihan Art Award, Incinerator Art Award, Fishers Ghost Award, Lake Art Award (which she became the winner of in December 2020), and the Footscray Art Award in 2021.

To find out more about Chelle Destefano check out her website and Instagram .

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