Casey Jenkins

artist

craftivist

rabble rouser

Casey Jenkins

bio

Jenkins is an Australian durational and community engagement performance and installation artist exploring notions of intimacy and identity and the interplay between modes of power; individual and institutional, perceived and concrete. Their work ranges from meditative to disruptive and has been presented in traditional and non-conventional spaces, engaging audiences around the world. They often deliberately toy with and attempt to redefine structures of power and influence through street art, experimental performance and the destabilisation of notions of ownership and authorship of art by rallying gangs to create with and inviting audience collaboration. Jenkins co-founded radical craft groups Craft Cartel and Knit Your Revolt, subverting and honouring art techniques often disparaged as ‘women’s work’ with street art and group workshops, has produced women-only biff-fest Femme Fight Club in Melbourne, Bristol and Berlin and founded Australian branch of French satirical bearded feminist group La Barbe. Footage of their 2013 work, Casting Off My Womb, filmed in a report by SBS2, has been viewed over 7.2 million times and their art has subsequently featured in documentaries, news articles, academic papers and hard copy art publications worldwide. Jenkins appeared at the 2016 Festival of Live Art in Melbourne and will present their new work, sMother, at the forthcoming Venice International Performance Art Week.

Casey Jenkins | CV

PERFORMANCES, EXHIBITIONS, PRESENTATIONS (select)

2016

  • Programmed to Reproduce, major solo performance and exhibition, Festival of Live Art, Melbourne
  • Blanket of Shame, Meridian Exhibit for Midsumma, 45 Downstairs, Melbourne

2015

  • I’m a Star (Expen$$$ive), KINGS Gallery, Melbourne
  • Come In Lovers, We’re Doing Witch-Craft (Expen$$$ive), Metanoia Theatre, Melbourne
  • Body of Work, major solo performance and exhibition, Dark Horse Experiment Gallery & online, Melbourne

2014

  • AGDA A20 Awards, MONA, Hobart
  • Dream Big Conference, Narrandera, NSW
  • Expen$$$ive Posing, Found Festival, Melbourne
  • Foot-Hold street-craft, SIGNAL, Melbourne
  • Feminism & Practice, Cherchez La Femme, Melbourne
  • Art & The Body, FOLA, Wheeler Centre, Melbourne

2013

  • Casting Off My Womb, major performance and exhibition, Darwin Visual Arts Association, NT
  • Knit Your Revolt Anti-Misogyny banner, nation-wide, Australia
  • Women Say Something, Midsumma, Melbourne

2012

  • Femme Fight Club & Knitted Genitalia, Feast Fest, Adelaide
  • Radical Crochet & Femme Fight, Bristol Biennial Arts Fest, UK
  • Femme Fight exhibit, LadyFest Paris, EspaceB, France
  • Shiny Shiny Performance, Tropical Fruits Fest, Lismore, NSW

casey@craftcartel.com