Hayden Fowler (New Zealand-Sydney/Berlin)
Hayden Fowler has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from UNSW Australia and an earlier degree in Ecology. Their investigation of Anthropocene discourse is a key reference in Australian and New Zealand art theory. Fowler employs the dynamics of a hybrid arts-ecology practice, incorporating emerging theory from both the sciences and humanities in developing projects that engage audiences conceptually, aesthetically and immersively. Their work and thinking includes eco-feminist, queer-ecological and indigenous approaches, acknowledgement of the psychological, spiritual and cultural significance of the human-nature relationship and the assertion of animist, indigenous and mythological world views.
Fowler’s work and thinking is deeply located within colonial and post-colonial contexts: countering dominant Western discourse through the identification of it’s systemic role in human and ecological catastrophe and dismantling historic power structures through the construction of alternate realities.
They exhibit nationally and internationally and his work is held in a number of public and private collections. Fowler is a previous recipient of the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, undertaking their year of study abroad at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany. In 2019, he also undertook a 12-month residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.