Biennale of Sydney

S.J Norman

S.J Norman, Magna Mater, 2020 (video stills). 12-channel video. Courtesy the artist

S.J Norman

Born 1984 in Sydney, Australia
Lives and works between Kulin Country / Melbourne, Australia; Berlin, Germany; and New York, Unites States

With performers Lukás Avendaño, Joseph M. Pierce, Maddee Clark, Nicholas Galanin, Javier Stell-Fresquez, Dakota Comacho, Jack Grey, Carly Sheppard, Gallermic Mabuse, Ben Parangi, Tohil Fidel Brito Bernal, Ileini Kabalan and S.J Norman


S.J Norman is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. He is a non-binary transmasculine person and a diasporic Koori of Wiradjuri descent, born on Gadigal land. Norman's work centres the corporeal and the inter-corporeal: he inhabits and disrupts the prevailing vocabularies of performance as a queer/ed Indigenous body, addressing that body as both site and material. He utilises ephemeral, process-based and long-durational practices as a means of antagonising the prevailing economies of colonial spectatorship and capital value, as well as a means to excavate and elevate embodied knowledges.

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