Born 1956, Dunedin (NZ). Lives and works in Auckland (NZ)
Jacqueline Fraser draws upon the relationships between identity, media, fashion, and popular culture. Since 2011 she has been producing series of works that pose as the fictional ‘making of’ arthouse and Hollywood cinema. These works dismantle, deconstruct, and reimagine the premise and visual language of a film through installations collaged from cultural and material ephemera.
Fraser has been exhibiting both internationally and in Aotearoa New Zealand for over three decades. Her work has been included in major international exhibitions such as Feminism Never Happened, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010); Superstars: The Celebrity Factor. From Warhol to Madonna, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2005); the Yokohama Triennale (2002); Eventa 5, Kontsmuseum Uppsala (2001); Volume and Form, National Museum of Singapore (1997) and Prospect, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (1993). In 2001 Fraser was selected alongside Peter Robinson to represent New Zealand at the 49th Venice Biennale. Significant solo exhibitions include: THE MAKING OF MARIA BY CALLAS, Kunsthalle Zürich (2020); THE MAKING OF MISSISSIPPI GRIND, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2017) and Jacqueline Fraser << A portrait of the lost boys >>, New Museum, New York City (2001). Fraser has been nominated twice for Aotearoa’s premiere contemporary art award, the Walter’s Prize (2018, 2004) and for the Artes Mundi prize in 2004. She was awarded the Seppelt Art Award in 1999 and the Moët & Chandon Residency in 1992.