Statement & Biography
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Hayley Millar Baker (Gunditjmara, AU) is a cross-cultural research-driven, contemporary artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
Utilising her mediums of photography, multimedia, and research, Hayley examines human experiences of time and memory, resulting in monochromatic photographic works — often in series that divulge her storytelling methodology.
Here, she negates experiences of remembering/misremembering memory, while reflecting on how often personal recollections and historical accounts are improvised and embellished.
By digitally assembling photography and archives, she is able to construct complex visual insights to past, present and future realms. Storytelling becomes a methodology in which to reclaim and reauthor constructs of history, narrating inherited and personal stories.
Within her work, Hayley reveals a perspective that explores human experiences in a lens that is non-exclusive and non-linear, connected within memory and contemporary storytelling.
Millar Baker holds a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT (2017) and has been selected for the Ramsay Art Prize (2019); the John Fries Award (2019); as one of the top eight young Australian artists for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney’s Primavera (2018); The Josephine Ulrick and Win Shubert Photography Award (2018). She has won the John and Margaret Baker Fellowship for the National Photography Prize in 2020, the Darebin Art Prize in 2019, and the Special Commendation Award in The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize in 2017.
Her work has been exhibited nationally including her first career-survey Hayley Millar-Baker: There We Were All In One Place at University of Technology (UTS), Sydney (2021), PHOTO2021: International Festival of Photography (2021), TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (2019, 2017), Yirramboi Festival (2019, 2017), the Sydney Festival (2018), HoBiennale(2017), and Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2017).
Millar Baker’s work is held in significant collections across Australia: Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Melbourne Museum, Melbourne; Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne; Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Albury; State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Sydney; University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney; Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool; Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Shepparton; Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne; Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham.
Hayley Millar Baker is represented by Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne