Suspended Moment The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship

Portrait of Katthy Cavaliere in Vieste, Italy, 2001. Photographer unknown


Suspended Moment brings together current and past work by the three recipients of Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship and formative work by Katthy Cavaliere loaned from her estate. This exhibition, curated specially for tour by Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Director Programs, Carriageworks), will comprise work by Giselle Stanborough, Frances Barrett and Sally Rees, the three recipients of this prestigious fellowship. A selection of work by Katthy Cavaliere will be presented alongside the three artists who have benefited from her generous legacy.


Suspended Moment The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship is a major new artist fellowship established in the name of Italian-born, Australian artist Katthy Cavaliere (1972-2012). Female-identifying artists or artist collectives were invited to submit proposals for an ambitious new project focused at the intersection of installation and performance art practice.

In April 2019, artists Frances Barrett (NSW), Giselle Stanborough (NSW) and Sally Rees (TAS) were announced as the recipients of the Fellowship. Each artist received $100,000 to realise an ambitious new work that are being presented in three individual exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) (Frances Barrett), Carriageworks (Giselle Stanborough) and Mona (Sally Rees) in 2020 – 2021.

The selection panel comprised leadership and curatorial representatives from the presenting institutions, including Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Director of Programs, Carriageworks), David Walsh (Founder, Mona) and Nicole Durling (Co-Director of Exhibitions and Collections and Senior Curator, Mona), Max Delany (Director, ACCA) and Annika Kristensen (Senior Curator, ACCA).

In making the selection on 24 January, which poignantly was the seven-year anniversary of Cavaliere’s death, the panel noted:

Each are exceptional artists working at the forefront of experimental performance and installation practices, and each presented proposals that are especially fitting of Katthy’s legacy. We are now excited to progress this significant new initiative, working with the artist fellows towards three major exhibitions of large-scale and ambitious new work to be presented in the first half of 2020. We commend the Katthy Cavaliere estate for their generous and inspirational support of Australian women artists.’



Frances Barrett | Meatus

A ‘meatus’ – to which the exhibition title refers – is an opening or passage leading to the interior of the body, such as the ear canal and nasal passages. The meatus is a juncture between the internal and external, where the body opens itself to the world.” – ACCA

At the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, in 2021, Frances Barrett presents Meatus, a sound and light installation that transforms ACCA into a space of audition. Scripted and improvised vocalisations have been composed as a looping score. Meatus foregrounds the role of the audience as critical and active listener, proposing listening as an urgent mode of political agency. This project has been led by Frances Barrett with Nina Buchanan, Hayley Forward, Brian Fuata, Del Lumanta, Sione Teumohenga and Debris Facility Pty Ltd.

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Frances Barrett, Meatus 2020. Courtesy the artist. Ear worms: Debris Facility. Photograph: Charles Dennington


Giselle Stanborough | Cinopticon

Searchlights, sculptural forms, colossal wall diagrams and mirrored digital surfaces reflect the performative experience of social media platforms. As the subject and object of her own system of visual scrutiny, Stanborough is the ghost in her own machine.” – Carriageworks

At Carriageworks from 7 August to 26 September 2020, Giselle Stanborough’s Cinopticon contemporises Foucault’s theory of the ‘panopticon’. Instead of the few watching the many, today we watch each other and the few. With an affinity for Katthy Cavaliere’s performance of self, Stanborough works with her own personal online archive to create an immersive performance installation where audiences see their reflection in unpredictable ways.

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Giselle Stanborough, Cinopticon, 2020. Installation view at Carriageworks, Sydney. Image courtesy of the artist and Carriageworks.


Sally Rees | Crone

With ‘Crone’, Rees embraces the folklore character of the crone as an ideal incarnation of the older woman: unruly, wise, fearsome. She’s reversing the forced retreat into invisibility and diminished social capital as women get older” – Mona

In 2021 at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Sally Rees will present Crone, a series of works comprising animations, prints and actions. Rees will create a crone identity as an antidote to the perceived invisibility of ageing women in contemporary society. Through the crone, the artist seeks to redefine the female elder as a powerful and transgressive figure.

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Sally Rees, still from Flock, 2020, multi-loop HD video installation. Image courtesy the artist.


Born in Sarteano, Tuscany in 1972, Katthy Cavaliere migrated from Italy to Australia with her family when she was four years old. She attended University of NSW Art & Design (then known as College of Fine Arts) in Sydney and was a recipient of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship in 2000, enabling her studies in Italy at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Brera, Milano. During this time in Italy she studied under Marina Abramović. Upon returning to Australia in 2004, Cavaliere staged a survey exhibition called Suspended Moment, which toured to regional galleries in NSW. The fellowship has been named to honour Cavaliere’s practice and this landmark exhibition. Created at Artspace Sydney, her video performance, Loved, was included in the 54th Venice Biennale, 2011.

Following her death in January 2012, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) presented her retrospective survey Loved in 2015-16. Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, the exhibition toured to Carriageworks in 2016 and was accompanied by an extensive career-spanning monograph.

It was Cavaliere’s desire to bring to light what she did not remember of her early years in Sarteano that motivated her lifelong project of packing, storing and transporting the wreckage of her personal possessions, and transforming it into performance installation works that have been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally.

Cavaliere’s work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Old and New Art, Artbank, University of Queensland Art Museum, Monash Gallery of Art and numerous regional galleries. Katthy Cavaliere’s archive is held in the National Art Archive at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.




Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship receives $92,737 for national tour – download the media release

Frances Barrett, Giselle Stanborough and Sally Rees win richest art prize for female artists – by Naaman Zhou, The Guardian

Suspended Moment – by Briony Downes, Art Guide Australia

Giselle Stanborough on performing our own surveillance – by Rebecca Gallo, Art Gallery Australia

Inside Cinopticon – Carriageworks

Our Phones Were Never Private Anyway – Artist Diary by Giselle Stanborough, Carriageworks

Artist Talk: Giselle Stanborough Video– Artist Giselle Stanborough talks to curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham about Cinopticon, Michel Foucault, surveillance technologies and the seduction of TikTok

The power of older women: Sally Rees – by Briony Downes, Art Guide Australia

Frances Barrett on connecting through art and taking postponement day by day – by Briony Downes, Art Guide Australia



Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW
27 February – 24 April 2022

Manly Art Gallery & Museum, NSW
6 May – 19 June 2022

The Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW
9 July – 4 September 2022

Mildura Arts Centre, VIC
15 September – 13 November 2022

Redcliffe Art Gallery, QLD
11 February – 16 April 2023

Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
26 May – 13 August 2023

Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2 September – 19 November 2023

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
8 December 2023 – 22 January 2024


A Carriageworks and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, developed in partnership with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne and the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Hobart. This project is assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.