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Art exhibition: Biophilia - Petrina Hicks


Where: Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, corner Vulcan Street and Campbell Street, Moruya

Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 4pm

Biophilia is the 'hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature.' (Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Hicks’ latest collection of photographs titled Biophilia, debuted at Michael Reid Sydney in June 2023. The BAS is the exhibition's first stop in a nationwide tour travelling to Perth and Melbourne.

The exhibition is a remarkable testament to technical excellence, representing the culmination of rigorous research and a full year spent in the studio. The narrative inspiration draws from the indistinct space between human and animal states, presenting the viewer with expertly choreographed and meticulously directed images.

Throughout her career, Hicks has consistently drawn from mythology, fables, and historical art imagery to re-frame the contemporary female experience. Her incorporation of animals in her photographs is visually captivating, serving as symbolic gestures that allude to the human psyche. In her precisely articulated Biophilia world, Petrina Hicks creates untethered spaces of illusion, suspending the burdens of any linear narrative.

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Public programs

  • Opening night: Friday 8 December, 5.30 to 7.30pm

Visit our public programs calendar to book for any or all upcoming activities!

Biophilia at the BAS is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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