I acknowledge and pay respect to custodians – past present and emerging – on Dharawal land where I live and conduct this creative practice. I extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Sovereignty never ceded.

Bianca Hester


Bianca Hester is an artist, writer and educator engaged in place-based practice through artistic research. Her work investigates entanglements between colonial inheritance, extraction, environmental crisis, evolution and extinction evident within locations across the Australian continent. Employing relational feminist methodologies, she combines experimental fieldwork, engaging the geologic record (in archives and in situ), embodied site-writing, sculptural production, collaboration and performed actions to develop projects that unpack the material conditions of specific places, resulting in an expansive form of public art unfolding in dialogue with a range of interlocutors and participants.

Converging in time (2017)

Developed with Open Spatial Workshop (Bianca Hester, Terri Bird and Scott Mitchell): Converging in Time was published on the occasion of the exhibition at Monash University Museum of Art between 11 February - 10 April 2017 // Concept by Open Spatial Workshop, designed with Paul Mylecharane and Ziga Testen, with texts by Dr Kathryn Yusoff (Queen Mary University of London), Dr Saskia Beudel (Emily Carson Institute Fellow, Munich), Matt Poll (Curator Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney), Charlotte Day (Director, MUMA), new essays and textual works by Open Spatial Workshop // Published by MUMA (Melbourne) and distributed by Perimeter Books // 384 pages, 26 cm x 20 cm, soft-cover, MUMA (Melbourne). ISBN: 978-0-9945213-4-7 // This book is sold out. To access a pdf copy, please email bianca@biancahester.net

This publication received the following awards in 2018:

  • Winner of the Museums Australia Publication Design Awards for major exhibition catalogue, 2018
  • A finalist in the Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, 2018
  • Winner of the AAANZ best University Art Catalogue.
Anthropogenic, Archive, Basalt, Brick, Bronze, Colonial continuums, Coal, Concrete, Cosmic, Deep time, Digging, Dirt, Dust, Embodiment, Extractivism, Extinctions, Floor, Fossil, Fragment, Geologies, Groundwork, Installation, Materiality, Object, People, Performance, Permian, Place, Plant life, Process, Meteorite, Moving, Moving image, Rubbings, Sandstone, Sculpture, Singular objects, Site, Sociality, Steel, Still image, Textual, Triassic, Walking, Wall.