Simryn Gill works with a range of media including photography, sculpture, making collections, writing and drawing. Her work could be described as a sorting of the residue of her immediate environments, making archives and records of the unstable meanings of things such as objects, images, language or actions.
For the 9th Sharjah Biennial, Gill showed two very different works. 9 Volumes from the Collected Works of M.K. Ghandi (2008-09) was a group of spheres, each made from the pages of a single volume from the more than 90 volume collected works of Mahatma Ghandhi. A Small Town from the Turn of the Century (1999 -2000) were two photographs, selected by curator Isabel Carlos, from a series of 40 photographs in which the subjects - residents of a town - have been physically disguised before being photographed. At the previous Sharjah Biennial in 2007, Gill presented Power Station (2004), a photographic series which recorded the interiors of two old and neighbouring buildings: a residence and a decomissioned power station.
A major survey exhibition of Gill's work was organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (2008) and later travelled to Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2010). Other solo exhibitions have been presented at Tate Modern, London (2006), the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (2006), Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2004) and the Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur (2001). Her work has also been included in two Sydney Biennales (2002, 2008) as well as Documenta, Kassel (2007).
This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 9 and 8