Céleste Cebra is an emerging lens-based artist from Sydney, Australia who resides in Chicago, Illinois, USA. In 2015, Cebra graduated with a BFA in Photomedia from the National Art School, Sydney, she undertook an artist residency at La Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, 2016, and is current MFA Photography student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Céleste Cebra is currently contemplating a range of issues surrounding urbanity and walking in Chicago relative to public and privately owned spaces. A preliminary iteration is her series The Walks (2017).
In early 2017 Cebra unveiled a series of works created during her artist residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and subsequent travels, for her inaugural solo exhibition Quotidian Metropolis (March - April).
An underlying theme of Cebra's work is the movement of people through interstitial spaces, the oddity of such spaces when void of human presence and also how the human figure can activate spaces. This investigation stems from Cebra's photographic series Interstitial Interiors (2015) which examined transience, flow, transitional zones and the ritual of the pedestrian commute in institutional interiors. The series is comprised of large scale composite digital images printed on archival photographic paper.
Preliminary samples of work all sought to grapple with the photographic medium and it's relation to Cebra and her experience of the world via the camera lens.
As an emerging artist Cebra's practice constantly evolves and seeks to marry influences from the previous decades to her contemporary explorations.
2017-current MFA in Studio, Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
2013-2015 BFA, Photomedia, National Art School, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia
2017 'Always', SAIC Open Studios Group Show, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2015 National Art School Graduate Show, National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
2015 'The Habit of Seeing', National Art School Library Stairwell Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
Awards & Residencies
2018 Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI, Merit Scholarship (upcoming)
2016 Onslow Storrier National Art School Residency, La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris
2015 Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award
Publications / Selected Bibliography
2018 'SAIC Department of Photography Graduate Publication'
2018 'Construct Deconstruct Isolate', self-published
2017 'Art Post talks with photographer, Céleste Cebra about Quotidian Metropolis her exhibition opening in Chrissie Cotter Gallery in March'
2016 'National Art School Make Art Publication'
2015 'Yearbook by National Art School'
2018 'First Year Photography Graduate Lecture Series', School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2016 'International Residency Experiences', NAS Art Forum, National Art School, Darlinghurst, NSW
2017 (Fall Semester) Teaching Assistant for Amy Yoes' Introduction to Photographic Image Making course, SAIC
Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Chicago