Employing elaborate, hand-made costumes and props to embody fictional characters, Orr creates performances, video and photographic series that examine the psycho-social relationships emerging between specific locations, history and identity.
Jill Orr collaborates with filmmakers, photographers and designers to make site-specific performances, video and photography. A veteran of Australia performance art and an icon in her own right, Orr’s work has been presented in Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Antwerp New York, Toronto, Quebec City, Graz, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane from the late nineteen seventies to now.
Orr has been a recipient of the prestigious Australia Council Fellowship and has presented work as part of the inaugural Venice International Performance Art Week (Venice, Italy); the Lorne Sculpture Biennale (Lorne); Belo Horizonte Biennale (Belo Horizonte, Brazil); MAP Festival (Melaka, Malaysia); the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide) and Mildura Palimpsest #10 (Mildura), among others.
Orr’s work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally, including at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Geelong Art Gallery (Geelong), Artbank (Sydney) and Redgate Gallery (Beijing, China), among others.
Image: Jill Orr, creative development, documentation, Magdalen Laundries, Abbotsford Convent, 2019. Photograph: Anne Moffat.