Tina Stefanou is an Australian-Greek artist based on Wurundjeri country in Wattle Glen, Victoria. With a background as a vocalist, she works undisciplined, with and across a diverse range of mediums, practices, approaches and labours: an embodied practice that she calls voice in the expanded field. As a means to seek more inclusive ways of making and to frame tangled relationships, she engages in multi-species performance with a family of local others, friends not-yet-made, and poetic meetings of matter. Informed by diasporic experiences, Stefanou engages in sound as social practice and explores with and beyond the all-too-human and more-than-human voice. This manifests through moving images, performances, installations, improvisations, live actions, bus tours, vocal encounters, research, gatherings, experimental writings and sculptural invitations. She has an ongoing relationship with a herd of elderly horses with whom she co-creates performative encounters with and is especially interested in creating alternate forms of performance and exhibition, outside of human-dominated environments. Stefanou is exploring the ways that glocal class structures, agriculture, capital narratives, neurotypicality, wealth accumulation and perception impact on civilisation, environmental – cultural extraction, creativity, knowledge making and community building.
Stefanou has performed and exhibited locally and internationally including: Salt Museum (Istanbul); Kadist Gallery (Paris); Le Pavé d’Orsay (Paris); the University of Music and Performing Arts (Graz); Residency Corazon Gallery (La Plata); The Yellow House (Sydney); The Sydney Opera House; Stacks Projects (Sydney); Carriageworks; The Ian Potter Museum; Blindside Gallery (Melbourne); Perth Institute of Contemporary Art; McClelland Gallery (Langwarrin); Hamer Hall; Australian Centre of Contemporary Art; MONA; Rosi Braidotti Posthuman Artist Labs; Art + Australia and Collingwood Yards.
She has worked with organisations such as: Liquid Architecture; Erth Visual & Chiara Guidi; The Australian Art Orchestra; COVA; Speak Percussion; Cementa; RMIT’s non/fictionLab; ADSR Zine; Semi Permanent; and Centre for Projection Art.
Stefanou has won an Australian Art Music Award for Excellence in Experimental Music with The Music Box Project (2020); Schenberg Arts Fellowship Recipient (2020); Marten Bequest Scholarship (2021); International Art Space Residency (2022).
She is performer, composer and co-art director in The Music Box Project and The Opera Company and is currently a PhD candidate in Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.