Artist Statement

In my practice I research relationships within communities, surveying the social and cultural identity in relation to place. Multi-layered stories and topics are conveyed by means of hybrid installations including community participation and the location as a primary element. These works are a public platform for marginalized groups; they provide an opportunity to share points of view and individual world experience. Through collaborations and the resulting artworks I aspire to stimulate dialogue and increase understanding within our society.

Socially Engaged, New Media Art & Digital Storytelling
Public Art
Photography & Video production
Workshop facilitation
Art Words

What's happening: Group Exhibition Pixel the Past - A new take on our history.

29 March - 23 April 2017 | wed-fri 10am-4pm, weekends 9.30am-2.30pm |  Launch Event: Thursday 30 March 5.30pm - 7:30pm

Northern Rivers Community Gallery, 44 Cherry Street, Ballina

Alstonville High School students, members of the Plateau’s Historical Society and digital media creators Duke Albada, Susie Forster and Karenza Ebejer have worked together over a number of months to research and produce new digital media histories from the shire. The project is unique in bringing together young people, older residents and creative media experts to collaborate on their stories.

Project participants attended a series of workshops led by historian Kate Gahan to inspire and create their stories. These workshops have been heartily supported by the Alstonville High School. Recent heritage projects undertaken in the Ballina Shire have shown that the community is deeply interested in understanding the past. Using digital media aims to make these stories available across the whole community, given the prevalence digital media has in our daily lives.

This project is coordinated by Ballina Shire Council and supported by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s NSW Heritage Grants Program.

Image: Monty Greenslade, Jack Fletcher, Elaine McCormack, Susie Forster. Photograph of policeman live statue by Eva Rinaldi  |  Flies in the Milk - Petty Misdemeanour (animation still) from Policing on the Platea


Duke Albada has exhibited extensively in Australia, Europe and the USA since 1998. She has showcased her garbage fashion Dregs2Diva in New York, had a six channel video artwork featured at the Byron Bay Airport, was a finalist at the prestigious Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, exhibited several times at Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney and had two collaborative artworks included in the Thessaloniki Biennale.

Duke's unique skill set includes a Masters of Fine Arts from Monash University, Melbourne, a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Design from the Rietveld Art Academy in the Netherlands, as well as qualifications in photography, video production and fashion design.


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