Lisa Sorgini (b. 1980) is an Australian artist currently residing in northern New South Wales (Bundjalung Country).
In 2021 she has had works selected as winner of the Lucie Awards Portrait Project and CCP Ilford Salon for ‘Most Critically Engaged’ image, been selected to have work exhibited in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait prize(UK) , as well as being shortlisted for the National Portrait Prize (Aus) , the Ravenswood Australian Womens Art Prize (Aus) and nominated to participate in the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.
In 2020 she was selected as winner of the Lens Culture Critics Choice award for her portraiture series ‘Behind Glass’ and had work shortlisted for a number of other national and international awards including the 2020 CLIP Award , 2020 Australian Photography Awardsand the Head On Portrait Prize. In the past she has also been a finalist in the Olive Cotton (2019) and Iris Awards (2019) as well as a semi finalist in the Head On portrait prize (2019)
Her practice engages with the relationship between mother and child, family and community and investigates the societal constructs and expectations that are often vastly at odds with the lived experience.
She is deeply interested in the way our familial relationships, particularly the mother role looks and changes over time.
Preferring to work with natural light she creates intimate portraits and landscapes that are unguarded and sensitive, tense and tender, with rich textures and a painterly aesthetic . Often composing her images at angles that create anonymity and using unconventional crops these techniques further convey subtle nuances between her and her subjects, teasing out a wider dialogue and allowing personal experience to shape its final interpretation to the individual viewer.
Her work has been exhibited within Australia and internationally as well as being published extensively worldwide, with recent interviews and features in The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, Creative Review and National Geographic.
Lisa is represented worldwide by ACN Studio (New York) and is a proud member of Women Photograph. Her diverse portfolio incorporates a range of editorial and commission projects for select brands and publications.
awards2021 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, (1 work selected for exhibition)
Ravenswood Women's Australian Art Prize, Finalist.
National Portrait Prize, Finalist
Lucie Foundation Portrait Project, Winner
Centre for Contemporary photography Ilford Salon, ‘Most critically engaged’ work, Winner
Lens Culture Critics Choice Award - Winner
CLIP Award (Perth centre for photography) - Finalist
Australian Photography Awards (Stories) Finalist
Head On Portrait Prize - Semi Finalist,
Iris Award (Perth centre for photography) - Finalist
Olive Cotton Award - Finalist,
Head On Portrait Prize - Semi Finalist
Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize - Semi Finalist
2014 - Honourable Mention - International Photography Awards
2012- Photographic Museum Of Humanity - Finalist, Art Basel, Miami, USA.
2021 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, UK
National Portrait Prize - National Portrait Gallery, AUS
Head On 2020 Vision touring exhibition, AUS
Ravenswood Women's Australian Art Prize, AUS
CCP Salon - Centre for Contemporary Photography, AUS
Solo Show, Australian Centre for Photography - ‘Behind Glass’, Australia. (on hold)
Paris Photo - Lens Culture Critics Choice Exhibition, Forthcoming
Photo Oxford Festival ‘Ways Of Seeing And Being Seen‘ Ovada Gallery, UK
‘On Hold’ Group Show. Museo de la Cárcova, Buenos Aires.
#ICP Concerned ‘Global Images for Global Crisis’, International Center for Photography, US
Auckland Festival of Photography, Mass Isolation Format screening , NZ
CLIP Award, Perth Centre for photography, online, AUS
Head on Portrait Prize - Semi finalist projection, online, AUS
Group Summer Show, Yeah Nice Gallery, AUS
Iris Award Finalist exhibition - Perth Centre For Photography
Selected for CCP Salon Instagram Project- CCP Melbourne, AUS
Olive Cotton Finalist Exhibition - Tweed Regional Gallery, AUS
Head on Portrait Prize - Semi finalist projection, Paddington Town Hall, AUS
Opening Group Show, Yeah Nice Gallery, Mullumbimby, AUS -
We Are All Going To Die group show, Studio Tropico, Byron Bay, AUS.
Many Hands x Sea Change group show, All press studio, Collingwood
Photographic Museum Of Humanity group show, Art Basel, Miami, USA.
publications - 6 Mois - Maternité Confinée
-Mass Isolation Australia photo book published by Ballarat Photo - 2021
-Elephant Magazine - ‘What It’s Like Giving Birth During a Pandemic’ 2021
-D La Repubblica - ‘E se domani?’ 2020
-The Guardian - ‘Pain Can Be Poetic’ - 2020
- The New Yorker - ‘An Australian Photographer’s Dreamy Portraits of Mothers and Their Children in Quarantine’ - 2020,
- TIME Magazine - 'You Feel Trapped and Overwhelmed': Mothers Understood Isolation Before the Pandemic’ 2020
- National Geographic - ‘Pictures reveal the intensity of motherhood—especially under lockdown’ 2020
- Creative Review - ‘The Australian photographer’s intimate series, Behind Glass, captures the “lightness and darkness” of parenting during lockdown’ 2020
- i_D Magazine, Australia - ‘Lisa Sorgini knows the Australian dream is slightly out of focus’
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