Biennale of Sydney

Joey Holder

Joey Holder, Semelparous, 2020. Digital prints, projection, laser cut MDF, living ivy, sound system, dimensions variable, film installation 7:47 mins. Installation view from ’Springhealth’. Supported by Arts Council England, Zabludowicz Collection and Seventeen Gallery. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Damian Griffiths. Copyright © Joey Holder.
Joey Holder, Khthon, 2020. Wallpaper, UV polar print on fabric lightboxes, steel, glass, silicon, dead cactus, earth, driftwood, dimensions variable. Installation view from Seventeen at Liste. Courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery. Photograph: Reece Straw. Copyright © Joey Holder.
Joey Holder, Mana, 2020. Single channel video with sound, wooden fireplace, wallpaper, lighting gel, dimensions variable, 3:39 mins (video). Installation view for Seventeen for Frieze, London. Supported by Seventeen Gallery. Courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery. Copyright © Joey Holder

Joey Holder

Born 1986 in London, England
Lives in London


Joey Holder’s work raises philosophical questions of our universe and things yet unknown, regarding the future of science, medicine, biology and human-machine interactions. Working with scientific and technical experts, she makes immersive, multimedia installations that explore the limits of the human and how we experience non-human, natural and technological forms. Mixing elements of biology, nanotechnology and natural history against computer program interfaces, screensavers and measuring devices, she suggests the impermanence and interchangeability of these apparently contrasting and oppositional worlds: ‘everything is a mutant and a hybrid’. Connecting forms which have emerged through our human taste, culture and industrial processes, she investigates complex systems that dissolve notions of the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’. Virtual biology and aquatic creatures are incorporated into an extended web; challenging our perception of evolution, adaptation and change.