About Vanessa Bertagnole

Vanessa Bertagnole, b.1983, United States, is an award-winning photographer and artist based in Brisbane. Her work is mainly concerned with the elusiveness of memory and mediated forms of communication. In abstracting digital forms, she wishes to blur the boundaries of photography and challenge the role memory and media play in shaping our identities and perceptions of reality. In a time where we rely on digital technology to deliver is accuracy and consistency, Vanessa enjoys experimenting with the artistic potential found in its failure. Her documentary work focuses on cross-cultural issues and the ways in which cultural and social identities are expressed in everyday life. Vanessa regularly exhibits throughout Australia as well as overseas and has been a finalist in many national and international art prizes.


2011 - Master of Liberal Arts, Visual Culture Research, Australian National University, Canberra ACT
2009 - Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle WA


Select Solo Exhibitions:
2018 - Remembering Daydreams, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine QLD - Forthcoming
2016 - Digital Disruptions, Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane QLD
2014 - Digital Disruptions, Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane QLD

Select Group Exhibitions:
2018 - Outside/In, Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital, Brisbane QLD
2017 - William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, MGA Melbourne VIC
2017 - Clayton Utz Art Prize, Clayton Utz Law Firm, Brisbane QLD
2017 - Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women, BRIGHTSPACE Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2017 - Olive Cotton Award 2017, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW
2017 - 'Evolve' 2017 Brisbane Grammar Art Show, Spring Hill QLD
2017 - NOW Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize, Shoalhaven City Regional Gallery, Nowra NSW
2016 - Morton Bay Regional Art Awards, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine QLD
2016 - Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane QLD
2015 - Retrospection, White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2015 - Milburn Art Prize, Brisbane Institute of Art, Brisbane QLD
2015 - REart 2015, International Upcycle Exhibition, m2 Gallery, Sydney NSW
2014 - Space & Place: Biennial Queensland Festival Photography Prize, QCP, Brisbane QLD
2014 - Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future, National Museum of Australia, Canberra ACT
2013 - Magnum Sydney, Head On Photography Festival, TAFE St Ultimo, Sydney NSW
2013 - Walkey Foundation Brisbane Slide Night, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane QLD
2013 - Art of Photography Show, curated by Julia Dolan, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego USA