Inez de Vega, Video Still, Dying Not to Be, 2013

“Some artists refer more to life. Others refer more to art. Me I refer more to life.”
   Christian Boltanski             


Australian artist Inez de Vega engages with performance as a way of approaching and understanding the world. Using the modalities of spoken-word, song and audience interaction, her work investigates affect, trauma, madness, and performance as an act of catharsis. She is currently focused on a project to be realised under the dome of the State Library of Victoria in 2017. Performing Disorder! will bring to life stories of women who were incarcerated in Victoria’s psychological institutions, depicting new and historical ideas about hysteria, female psychology, institutionalisation and the ‘Other’.

Inez holds the 2014/2015 Georges Mora Fellowship in partnership with State Library of Victoria. In 2014, her work Bed Therapy was performed live at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts in which she invited participants, one at a time, to climb into her double-bed and discuss their feelings. In the same year, she was a finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize. 

Inez has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, including at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nellie Castan Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat, West Space and The Ararat Regional Art Gallery. Internationally, her work has been shown in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Chicago and China. Among her list of grants and awards, she is the recipient of an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council (2012), the Orloff Family Scholarship (2011), the Maude Glover Fleay Award (2010) and the Lionel Gell Scholarship (2010). She has twice been shortlisted for the $25,000 Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship (2013, 2011), and was a finalist in the $10,000 Wallara Scholarship (2010). 

In 2013 Inez undertook a two-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which was awarded to her by the Art Gallery of NSW. In September 2015, constituting part of the development for her current project Performing Disorder!, Inez will participate in a two-month research and writing residency at Centres Intermondes in La Rochelle, France.

Staying Out of Trouble - Review by Nat Thomas, July 2013


Inez de Vega

Inez de Vega, Video Still, When We Are Dying, 2011