Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. Scarce’s interdisciplinary practice explores the political nature and aesthetic qualities of glass and photography. Her work often references the on-going effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people; in particular her research has explored the impact of the removal and relocation of Aboriginal people from their homelands and the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families. Family history is central to Scarce’s work, drawing on the strength of her ancestors, she offers herself as a conduit, sharing their significant stories from the past.
Scarce’s professional profile has risen exponentially, and in 2022 her work titled The Near Breeder was exhibited in IKON Gallery Birmingham. Simultaneously, Shadow Creeper, another major installation, was on show at Palais De Tokyo, Paris, and has been acquired by the Foundation Opale, dedicated to contemporary art, notably Australian Indigenous art, in Lens, Switzerland. In the second half of 2022 Scarce’s work featured in the Aichi Triennale, Japan, and she completed an outstanding year exhibiting Remember Royalty (2018) in ‘A Year In Art: Australia 1992’ at the Tate Modern, London, and Missile Park (2021) exhibiting at Gropius Bau Berlin.
Art and Stories
Sat 6 May, 10.30am