About Bindi Cole Chocka

Award winning artist Bindi Cole Chocka was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia.

Bindi Cole Chocka is a resilient and ingenious contemporary photographer, new media artist, writer and curator who speaks compellingly through her creative work. Chocka’s work often references her life story and experiences, such as her heritage, the importance of Christianity in her life, and the impact of politics, the law and other power structures on her lived experience and that of her family and community. Her deeply personal and powerful artistic practice questions the way people circumscribe and misconstrue contemporary identity and experience.

In 2010, Chocka was listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne. Since her first solo show in 2007, Chocka’s work has been widely exhibited at various galleries including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, National Portrait Gallery, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand), Art Basel (Hong Kong), Art In Odd Places Festival (New York, USA), MOCADA (Brooklyn, USA), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taiwan), India Arts Fair (India) and the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre (Thailand). Her work is held in many collections across the globe.

Chocka lives and works in Melton in Victoria, Australia is married and has two children.


Diploma of Applied Photography, Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts), Federation University
PhD Candidate, Deakin University (currently undertaking)


Constructed Narratives, Horsham Regional Art Gallery
Tell, Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Who’s Afraid Of Colour?, National Gallery of Victoria
Plain Speak, Art Gallery of WA

Octoroon, Ateneo Art Gallery, Phillipines
Australian Exotica, Monash Art Gallery
The Fraud Complex, Next Wave Festival, Westspace
We Are Here, Glen Eira City Council Gallery
Reframed, Incinerator Gallery

We All Need Forgiveness, Benalla Art Gallery
Chrysalis, Maroondah Art Gallery
West Of Eden, Wyndham Art Gallery
37* 48’S, The National Arts Club, New York
Migratory Complex, Mons 2015, Belgium
National Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum
Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School
Octoroon, La Trobe University Museum of Art
Treatment, Western Treatment Plant

Bindi Cole: I Am, Shepparton Art Museum
The Blake Prize, UNSW Galleries
Sydney Biennale, Art Gallery of NSW
Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria
My Country, Contemporary Art From Black Australia, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand

For Such A Time As This, Castlemaine State Festival
On The Edge of The Unknown, Nellie Castan Gallery
My Country, I Still Call Australia Home, Gallery of Modern Art
I Want Change, La Trobe University Museum of Art
Shadowlife, Bendigo Art Gallery
Pigeon Auction, Casula Powerhouse
Ghost Citizens, Counihan Gallery
Make Up: painted faces in Contemporary Photography, Monash Gallery of Art

Art Hong Kong, Asia One, Hong Kong Convention Centre
Recent Works, Post Office Gallery
Taboo, Museum of Contemporary Art
Ommission, Linden Gallery
Contemporary Australia: Women, Gallery of Modern Art
Manifestations of NOW, NGV Studio
Shadowlife, Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, ACMI
Shadowlife, India Arts Fair
Shadowlife, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
Shadowlife, Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre, Thailand
Wonderland, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipai, Taiwan

The Shelter Under The Shadow Of His Wings, Art In Odd Places Festival, New York
Saying No (Nyah-bunyar), Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, New York
Sistagirls, 24Hour Art
Sistagirls, Perth Centre for Photography
Sistagirls, Brisbane Powerhouse
Seventy Times Seven, Campbelltown Arts Centre
Thank you for the Days: My Teenage Years, Lismore Regional Gallery
Continuum, The Paper Mill
The Women’s Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery

Nyah-bunyar, Curator, Melbourne International Arts Festival, The Arts Centre
Sistagirls, Tandanya Cultural Centre
Sistagirls, Nellie Castan Gallery
Sistagirls & Ab Blaster 40,000, Australian Centre for Photography
Whitewash, National Gallery of Victoria
Ab Blaster 40,000, The Sports Club Project, Next Wave Festival, MCG
Stock Room Show, Nellie Castan Gallery