Meet our 2023
Driven by her interests in photography, textiles and movement, Meg is an emerging curator and artist who recently moved to Narrm / Melbourne from regional Victoria on Gunaikurnai lands. Meg’s passion for sustainability has informed her practice of natural bundle dying and eco-printing; her love of photography has shaped her new interest in filmmaking. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Art History and Curating at Monash University and hopes to create events that are immersive experiences combining dance, sound, visual art and social interaction.
Bianca is an emerging designer. Currently studying at RMIT for a Bachelor of Fashion Design, her work incorporates couture elements along with influences from artistic movements. She also likes to experiment with knitwear and crochet in her designs.
Growing up across South Asia before beginning her architectural studies in Melbourne has influenced Inuri’s approach to creative problem-solving and cultivating relationships without borders – being immersed in diverse cultures, traditions and environments taught her to appreciate the power of spaces to form human connections. A Master and Bachelor of Architecture graduate from Monash University, Inuri has actively engaged in leadership roles within the Monash Art, Design and Architecture Student Society (MADASS), participated in study abroad intensives in China and worked for the Geoffrey Bawa Trust. These experiences have widened her lens to the magnitude of architecture’s impact and solidified her drive to follow the discipline further.
Bo De Silva
Currently completing his studies at the University of Melbourne, Bo is a student architect at a practice based in Fitzroy, Naarm / Melbourne. His interests are in visual art, music and live events. Bo likes to let various factors such as social patterns, colour / texture and materiality influence his creative practice.
Joy Zhou is a trans-disciplinary artist and design practitioner based in Naarm / Melbourne. Their practice generates from embodied experiences and communicates complex intersectional relations. Expanding from their background in interior design, Joy works with immediate situations. They often interrogate norms with queering gestures and aim to amplify unnoticed existence in everyday life.
Grace Kop is an emerging curator, programmer and arts educator working on the Wurundjeri and Bunurong lands of the Kulin Nations. Her research and creative practice focuses on drawing connections between historical and contemporary theories and practices – which is often found through creating spaces for storytelling, listening and shared learning. Grace graduated with her Bachelor of Art History and Curating from Monash University in 2020, and completed an Honours year specialising in curation in 2021. Her recent works have a deep community focus and seek to illuminate the hidden stories within Naarm / Melbourne’s vibrant creative past and present.
Giuliano ‘Gino’ Hammal, also known as 24, was born and raised in Naarm / Melbourne’s western suburbs and has Egyptian, Sudanese and Syrian heritage. Gino is a multidisciplinary artist presenting primarily as a dancer, specifically a krumper. He began his dance journey in 2021 and has found a comfortable spot within Naarm / Melbourne’s krump community, ‘Burn City Krump.’ Expanding on his dance background, Gino studied movement-based science as well as visual art such as painting, drawing, sculpting, photography and digital design. He has begun exploring ways to contribute to community via hosting dance sessions, curating events and assisting event organisers.
Zoë Sydney is a painter, maker and all-round snartist (science artist) currently living and working in Naarm / Melbourne. They love working with and around the boundaries of the body in relation to sexuality and gender – and bringing big questions about the universe into small spaces. They have a Bachelor in Physics, specialising in quantum mechanics, and like dressing up as a pea in their spare time.
Terren Jiatong Shi
Terren Jiatong Shi is a Chinese-born landscape architect with a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Melbourne. Her interests encompass the sociocultural, political and historical dimensions of landscape architecture and the urban environment. Terren is passionate about understanding the ways in which landscape architecture and urban design have been shaped by social and political contexts – and how they can be used to address contemporary social and environmental challenges. Through her writing practice, she seeks to visualise and celebrate the diverse experiences and lesser-known stories within landscape architecture.
Originally from Tasmania, Makushla is an emerging industrial designer now based in Naarm / Melbourne. She is studying for a Bachelor of Industrial Design at RMIT, where her design process is informed by materiality, physicality and behavioural interaction. Makushla is particularly passionate about developing less environmentally destructive materials and examining how we interact with tactile objects. Through engaging with MPavilion participants, she hopes to facilitate exploration of what materiality means for different people and how it impacts us, both consciously and subconsciously.