Tina FiveAsh

Photo credit: Vivitulip Hayes-Lochner

Tina Fiveash is an Australian photo-artist who has been exhibiting for 25 years. Engaging in multiple forms of contemporary photomedia including still and moving-image photography, anaglyptic (3D) and lenticular photography, Tina’s work has appeared on billboards, illuminated public advertising spaces, film, television, book and magazine covers, as well as in exhibitions and festivals throughout the world.

Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, Tina’s work most recently was selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2016 National Portrait Prize and 64th Blake Prize. In 2015, Tina and Deborah Kelly’s award-winning collaborative public art project, Hey Hetero!, was exhibited at The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art in Greece. Tina’s previous international exhibitions include: the 13th Pingyao International Photography Festival in China in 2013; Terra Nullius: Contemporary Art from Australia and Die Ideale Ausstellung [Kunstfest Weimar] in Germany in 2009.

Currently, Tina is undertaking a PhD at The Australian National University, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Majoring in Visual Arts. Investigating intersections between art, science, and spirituality, Tina is exploring experimental photographic approaches to the visual representation of death and imagined conceptions of an afterlife, based on scientific studies into near-death experience.

An offshoot of this research has been the ambitious undertaking of a website and book (currently in production) titled: The Death Letter Project in which 50 Australians respond to the question “What is death – what happens when we die?” This project is scheduled for launch in July 2017. Tina’s work is held in the Australian Artbank Collection, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Whitford Fine Art Gallery (London) and several private collections around the world.

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