Marlaina Read
Born Adelaide, Australia, lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
I am interested in ideas of mapping, labyrinths, oceanic charting, self made dictionaries, place marking, topologies, pre-modern dwellings, ritual, and cultural geography. I work primarily in photo media, as well as film and installation.


2012 Master of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2004 Visual Communication and Media Arts, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin
2001 - 2004 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons), Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University

SOLO / 2 Person

2012 Terrains of Hesitation CoFA Space Sydney
2011 Do you have a recurring dreamspace - can you describe it to me? Kudos Gallery Sydney
2011 Dwell (for Yuula Benivolski) as part of Format Festival Adelaide
2010 Markers for better living (tree) Format Gallery Adelaide
2010 On My Shore ESP Gallery Sydney
2005 A small exhibition of works.. Exeter Gallery Adelaide
2003 Ravens and Writing Desks Newspace Gallery Sydney


Roseanne / Angry Format Gallery Adelaide
Alive and Well Firstdraft Gallery Sydney

Occupy House Martin Place, Sydney (large scale installation)
Democracy is dead Pitt St Mall, Sydney (performance)

Mythologies Fausto Coppi Space as part of Format Festival Adelaide (curator & participant)
Works 2004-2005 The Reading Room Adelaide

Format + 2% BIG Queens Theatre Adelaide (projection work)
SUPERNATURE Urban Cow Gallery Adelaide (curator & participant)
A Shrill Chuckle of Irrepressible Delight Mu Mason Film Archives Sydney (film screening)

Square One Mori Gallery Sydney

Showcase Mahan Gallery Columbus Ohio
Square One Chalk Horse Gallery Sydney

Acquiescence Fringe Festival Adelaide
Adelaide Fringe Festival Opening Night Adelaide (projection work)
25/25 Arts on Bourke Sydney

Human Expo Overtoom301 Amsterdam (instalaltion Intimacy Box)
Intimacy Campbell Works London
The Social The Arsenal Los Angeles

Rudgang UDK Berlin
Swing Tiergarten Berlin (performance)
Degree Show SCA Gallery Sydney

In Other Words Phatspace Sydney (curator & participant)
E-Motion Castelo de S. Jorge Lisbon
Degree Show SCA Gallery Sydney

Sophomore Newspace Gallery Sydney
Darkroom SCA Gallery Sydney
You Me Us and Them SCA Gallery Sydney
Tomorrow Forever Newspace Gallery Sydney (curator & participant)


Residency at NES Artist Residency, Iceland (forthcoming)

The Portable Hole, Curated residency with Monique Mouton, Artscape Gibralter Point Toronto

Residency at Artscape Gibralter Point Toronto

Selected as one of 25 artists under 25 by Art and Australia Magazine and Noise

Six month exchange to Universitat der Kunste Berlin
Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Exchange Scholarship
Mary Catherine Dally Bursary


Interview for 2SER Radio Sydney

Interview for Canvas FBi Radio Sydney
Workshop for Format Festival 'Art and the very small press' Adelaide
Editor and Publisher of INVISIBLE CITY online PDF art magazine
A Sandcastle film clip for musician Bud Petals song My Home

Interesting South Belvoir Street Theatre (presentation)

Tutorial Assistant (Farbe Photographie) UDK Berlin

Gallery Assistant and Administration Newspace Gallery Sydney


2012 YEN Magazine Issue 56
2012 Guard of women, Strategic essentialism, practiced place - Occupy Melbourne Digest
2011 The power of Silence as a form of non-violent direct action - Occupy Sydney Digest
2011 FBI Radio blog - Canvas Interview
2011 Side Street sydney - Interview
2010 Light Journeys - Group show
2010 FORMAT Collective Annual
2010 Mythologies (Exhibition Catalogue)
2009 SUPERNATURE Rip It Up Issue 1016 (AU)
2009 Spotlight: SUPERNATURE Fringe Benefits
2009 INVISIBLE CITY (editor and publisher)
2009 TOMO Interview and images (Mexico)
2009 And I Still Miss You Issue One
2007 Kiss Machine Goodbye Issue (Can)
2006 25/25 Art & Australia Vol 43 No 4
2005 Common People Journal (Can)
2005 Frankie Magazine Issue 6
2005 / Magazine Issue 4 (US)
2005 Matrix Magazine Issue 72 New Victorians (Can & US)