Mandana Mapar is an artist, art consultant and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. Specializing in curatorial projects, photographic fine art and social history exhibitions.
Mandana Mapar is an artist, curator and studio manager based in Brooklyn, New York.
Mandana Mapar was the recipient of the Youth Art Queensland Young Artists Mentoring Project in 2003, receiving her first award for curatorial programming for her contribution to the exhibition project All that Glitters, with the Inaugural Award for Achievement from RGAQ and Museums Australia in 2004
Mapar has collaborated with notable arts organizations in Australia including Youth Arts Queensland, Artworkers Alliance, Access Arts, City Studios, Ballina Regional Council, Queensland Rail, and the Sydney Opera House.
In 2014 - 2015 Mapar co-curated Meston’s 'Wild Australia' Show 1892-1893 exploring a brief period in the life of Archibald Meston, one of the most influential and controversial figures in Queensland Indigenous history, held at the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum throughout 2015 and re-staged with additional research and images in 2016. The exhibition featured a selection of photographs taken by prominent studio photographers of the era Charles Kerry, at Sydney in December 1892; John W. Lindt, at Melbourne in February 1893 and Henry King, at Sydney in June of 1893, capturing images of the Wild Australia performers in candid studio portraits. Over 300 individual images were reproduced with permissions from collecting institutions onsite at UQAM by Mapar.
In 2014 the community led curatorial project Object of the Story: Reflections on Place, was awarded Highly Distinguished in Community Participation in the Arts and Culture, Ballina Shire Council, Local Government Arts and Culture Awards, Sydney Australia.
Mandana worked as Senior Curator with Michael Aird at Queensland Museum from 2013 - 2015 towards the research and development of the new Galleries of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures. She coordinated the acquisition and donation of major gifts to the collection from private donors and co-curated the exhibition This is My Heritage accompanied by the play reading You Came to my Country and You Didn’t Turn Black in 2015.
She has curated exhibitions for arts festivals working with Surfers Paradise and Bleach Festivals during 2012 - 2013, and assisted at DUMBO Arts, Future of Storytelling and Arts Slope Arts Festivals.
Visual Arts Practice
Mandana Mapar's arts practice is characterized by an exploration of the photographic medium, from traditional and experimental techniques to working on paper combining drawing and photo-collage.
She graduated with a BFA majoring in Fine Arts photography and curatorial practice from Queensland College of Art. Since 2004 her work has featured in group exhibitions at major public art galleries and museums. Most notably her works have been included in group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2014); Australian Centre for Photography (2004); Queensland University Art Museum (2004); the Queensland Centre for Photography (2004); the Museum of Brisbane (2007); Maitland Regional Art Gallery (2012); during the Queensland Festival of Photography in exhibitions at the Hold Art Space, and at Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery (2014).
In August 2014 her works were included in the exhibition Gifted Artists, displayed as part of the Patrick Corrigan Collection donated in its entirety to the Photographic Collection of the National Gallery of Australia. She held her first solo international exhibition of works Traces in New York in 2010.
In April 2016 she presented Through Her Eyes, at Old Government House in Brisbane as part of Resonance, a site specific research project, held at four prominent heritage listed buildings. The exhibition featured a series of historic photographs taken by Lady Lamington (wife of the Governor of Queensland at the turn of the 19th century), alongside contemporary artworks exploring notions of migration, love and loss.
Her work is held in major public and private collections across Australia, most notably at the National Gallery of Australia, Power Institute, Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland Department of Education & the Arts and the Queensland Department of Employment, Training and Youth.
Awards, Grants and Appointments
2016 Appointment: Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Peer Assessor, Sydney, Australia
Grant Team Participant: Australian Research Council Linkage project grant, How Meston's Wild Australia Show Shaped Australian Aboriginal History
2015 Appointment: Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Peer Assessor, Sydney, Australia
Appointed: Curator Bleach Festival Gold Coast, Australia
2010 Grant: Brisbane City Council Creative Communities Grant for Glow32 exhibitions and programs, City Studios Brisbane Australia
2009 National Public Galleries Summit 2009 RAISE YOUR VOICE: Fourth National Public Galleries Summit, Townsville Australia
2008 ey! Iran exhibition tour launch during Auckland Festival of Photography at Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi Auckland New Zealand
Grant: Gold Coast Art Crawl, Regional Arts Development Fund Grant
2007 Curators talk: ey! Iran exhibition launch talk, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
Artist in residence workshops: Lindisfarne Anglican School
Grant: Museums Galleries Services Queensland Bursary towards Museum Studies Professional Intensive
Grant: GCArt Crawl, Regional Arts Development Fund grant towards marketing and promotion
2006 International Cultural Exchange as Artist in residence Global Neighborhood Project, Brisbane and Yeppoon Australia and Southampton, New Jersey, Maryland and Philadelphia, USA.
Grant: Global Neighborhood Project, Gold Coast City Council Cultural Development Fund
Curators talk: ey! Iran exhibition talk, QLD Festival of Photography launch weekend forums
Artist workshops: Ipswich Regional Art Gallery, Kollidescope multicultural festival
Artist talks: Brisbane Boys Grammar School, The Loaded Image, curriculum based studies
2005 Featured Artist: Brisbane Grammar School Annual Art Exhibition
2004 Public Art Commission: Our Brisbane, Museum of Brisbane/Brisbane Square in collaboration with poet Mandy Beaumont
Grant: NAVA Visual Art and Craft Artists' Grant Departure Lounge
Award: GAMMA Inaugural Award for Achievement (RQAQ/Museums Australia)
Artist in residence: Brisbane Boys and Girls Grammar Schools Artist workshops and talks
Artist talks: Savvy: new Australian art, September & November
Artist talk: Surface Tension, Australian Centre for Photography
2003 Grant: GCCC Rapid Response Cultural Development Fund Grant supporting Surface Tension
Grant: Arts Queensland Grant to curate October Arc Arts Coop
Award: Youth Arts Queensland Young Artist Mentoring Partnership Project, with Brett Adlington, Gold Coast City Gallery
Commission: YOUTHWEEK Artwork for Arts Minister Matt Foley, Office of Youth Affairs
Artist talk: Imaging, identity and place, Gold Coast City Gallery
Workshop: Photogram Workshop, Griffith University Gold Coast
Public Program: National Youth Week: Insight Into Arts, Griffith University
2001 Acquisition: September; N.A.B. Contemporary Art Prize, Pat Corrigan Photographic Acquisitive Prize