Azza Zein

PhD Economics
MFA Fine Arts  


I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I work, and live, the Boonwurung, and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Taskscape III (2019)

Photos by Matthew Stanton


-VCA Grad Show Martyn Myer Arena, University of Melbourne December 2019

-Erasure, digital exhibition, curated by  Nur Shkembi, in association with CoVA, (Centre of Visual Arts) at Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne, 2020

My practice-led research examines concepts of value in art through the materiality of domestic space and personal experience as a migrant. Through a process of rematerialisation, conceptualised as care for "migrant materials", Taskscape comments on the dematerialisation of the economy and offers a revaluation of invisible labour. The term Taskscape, borrowed from the anthropologist Tim Ingold, escapes the dichotomy between labour and leisure. The installation counters standardisation, creating parallels between the conditions of fragile economies and circulating invisible bodies.

Migrant lines in the depositing of movement: clay, mica golden leaf on MDF, textile, potting mix soil, cowrie shells.

Rematerialising coins; revaluing liquidity:
Video work.

Noubar, the migrant material: pine wood poles with oil painting and /or shell inlay, resin, dryer's lint

The inherent grace of melting coins: pine wood poles with melted old Lebanese coins, resin, acrylic and oil painting