Photographer and multi-disciplinary artist Valentina Schulte explores the built and natural landscapes in which humans occupy and interact.
The Sydney-based artist pays particular attention to the complex ecological systems and ancestral theorems that inform our understanding of interaction and spatiality – characteristics that define the quality of a space. Valentina studied at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, Australia, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in 2009.
Through two-dimensional mediums such as digital displays and photography and an expansion of static images into three-dimensional ‘sculptural photographs’, Valentina provides an alternative means to engage with form and material for both maker and observer. Her works offer a heightened understanding of space and time. To advance this, Valentina also utilises the structural space of the gallery. She provides multiple opportunities and standpoints to interact with the subject matter within the architecture.
Her passion for place arose from previous projects centred on travel and the flaneur, which questioned how and why we seek new horizons and experiences to give meaning to our lives.
Valentina has showcased her photographic works in galleries, institutions, artist-run spaces, and award shows around Australia. The visual artist has participated in international solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Norway, United Kingdom and Spain.
Most recently, she presented a selection of works at the Sydney & Melbourne editions of The Other Art Fair for emerging artists. Valentina won the 2017 CLIP Award for Contemporary Landscape Photography at the Perth Centre for Photography and the Fishers Ghost award for photography in 2018.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photomedia — Honours Class 1, 2009, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
Diploma of Fine Arts, 2009, TAFE, NSW
Finalist — Open Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award 2019, Campbelltown Arts Centre
Winner — Photography Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award 2018, Campbelltown Arts Centre
Finalist — Contemporary Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award 2018, Campbelltown Arts Centre
Finalist — Photography Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award 20187, Campbelltown Arts Centre
Finalist — Contemporary Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award 2017, Campbelltown Arts Centre
Finalist — Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2017, Sydney
Winner — CLIP Award 2017, Perth Centre for Photography
Finalist — Photography Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award 2016, Campbelltown Arts Centre
Finalist — CLIP Award 2016, Perth Centre for Photography
Finalist — Duality – The 2011 Banyule Award for Works on Paper, Melbourne
Finalist — Books…Beyond Words 2009, East Gippsland Art Gallery
2020 – Out there / Over there, 107 Redfern, Sydney
2019 – Stillness and Rest, PhotoAccess Inc, Canberra
2016 – Texture / Contexture, 107 Projects, Sydney.
2012 – The Midnight Actuality, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney.
2010 – Travel Distortions: Fog, Hue Davies Photo Access, Manuka Canberra.
2007 – SYD – OSL via VESTFOSSEN, Galleri Van Bau, Arena Vestfossen, Norway
2021 – Emergent 2021, Artiste, Sydney
2019 – The Other Art Fair, The Facility, Melbourne
– Shifting Terrain: Photographic Hybrids, AIRspace Projects, Sydney.
2018 – The Other Art Fair, Sydney Technology Park.
2017 – Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sydney.
– ASPECTS – Contemporary Landscapes, Collab Gallery, Sydney.
– CLIP Award, Perth Centre for Photography, WA.
2016 – CLIP Award, Perth Centre for Photography, WA.
– We Don’t Talk, Tiny Tailor Gallery, Sydney.
2015 – Paradise Cinema, Paradise Music Festival, Victoria.
– The Other Art Fair, Central Park, Sydney.
2014 – Borderland – the Entropy of Identities, MECA Centre & Museo de Almeria, Spain.
2013 – Paradise Found, Electric Palace, Hastings, UK.
– Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image, Spool Mfg, Johnson City, NY.
– Inside and Out, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2011 – Duality, Banyule Art Space, Melbourne
Private Collections: Denmark, Norway, Australia, USA
2021 – Iceland. Mobility, Spatiality, Virtuality. Symposium organised by (Arts) Territory Exchange, Centre for Mobilities Research (Cemore) LICA, Lancaster University and Ströndin Studio, Seydisfjördur, Iceland.
2014 – Videofocus July edition, Stigmart 10
2011 – Duality – The 2011 Banyule Award for Works on Paper, Claire Watson, ISBN:978-0-9803626-5-7
2019 – Interview on 2SER Radio, with Sarah Rose for Shifting Terrain
2018 – Eastside Radio, Interview with Susie Lindeman and Zoe Paulsen
2012 – SER Radio, Talking through your Arts, For Angle of Incidence
2011 – FBI Radio, Canvas with Jesse Cox
2008 – Radio interview with Art Sound community radio