About

Lee Grant is an Australian photographer who lives and works in Australia and Asia. She is best known for her exploration of migrant identity against the backdrop of Australian suburbia. Her often formal, colour-portraiture examines identity integration and inhabited landscapes. In doing so, Lee frequently divulges the changing cultural face of Australia. She uses photography as a means of transcending language barriers, revealing aspects of identity, displacement and belonging otherwise in danger of going unnoticed. As a Korean-Australian Lee’s work is in part autobiographical – a means of navigating and interpreting her own identity and heritage, as well as an instrument to inform and inspire broader audiences.

Lee has exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), the Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne) and the National Portrait Gallery amongst others and she has won several photography awards including the prestigious William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize in 2010. 

In 2012, Lee published her first book, Belco Pride followed by the publication of her second monograph, The Five Happinesses, in 2015Her photographs are included in the collections of Parliament House Canberra, the National Library of Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections. 

From 2012-2014, Lee was an active member of the renowned Australian photo-collective, Oculi. She was then represented by international agency Institute for Artist Management from 2014 - 2017.

Lee is now focusing on her own long-term projects in Australia, North and South Korea and wherever else her interests take her . Lee has a degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Visual Art from the Australian National University.

She is currently teaching in the Photomedia Department of the ANU School of Art and is continuing her Artist Residency at Molonglo Group in Canberra.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Preset Memory, M16 Gallery, Canberra
2015 All that Fall, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2015 Urban Suburban, CMAG, Canberra.
2014 Insights, The Prinstspace, London, UK.
2013 Lens Love, CMAG, Canberra
2013 Hopeless Romantics, ANU SoA Foyer Gallery, Canberra
2013 CanberraVille, Photoville, Brooklyn New York, USA
2013 Olive Cotton Award. Tweed Heads Art Gallery.
2013 Oculi: Home. Reportage, Sydney.
2013 Australian Photography - a Projections curated by Jody Haines. Chobi Mela Photography Festival, Bangladesh
2013 Asian Women’s Photography Showcase – curated by Yumi Goto. Chaing Mai Documentary Arts Festival, Thailand
2012 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery
2012 10×100, Fremantle Prison Gallery, Fotofreo, Fremantle
2012 Inspire,  Newington College Gallery, Sydney
2012 Body, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Unearthly Garden, The Colour Factory, Melbourne
2011 Global Backyard, Latrobe Regional Art Gallery.
2011 Australian Pavilion, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2011 Olive Cotton Award. Tweed Heads Art Gallery.
2011 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Gold Coast Art Gallery
2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2010 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2010 Hijacked 2: Australia and Germany, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2010 Head On. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2010 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2009 Surfacing. Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra
2009 Sony/ACMP Projections 09. Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane
2009 Head On. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney and Obscura Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Inheritance. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2009 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Gold Coast Art Gallery

Curatorial Projects

2013 Hopeless Romantics, ANU SoA Foyer Gallery, Canberra
2013_On this site Bateman’s Bay (ACT). The Photography Room/Kaori Gallery, Canberra
2011-13 Timemachine Magazine (co-founder and editor)
2009-14 Light Journeys: Australian Women Working in Photography (founder and co-curator)
2008 Suburban Zeitgeist. PhotoSpace, Canberra

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Belco Pride. Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Belco Pride. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.
2010 Belco Pride. ANU SoA Gallery, Canberra
1996 Light Journeys: a personal odyssey. ANCA Gallery, Canberra
1991 Faces of Melanesia. Gorman House, Canberra

Commissions

2015  Commissioned artist for ANZAC Centenary exhibition All that fall at the NPG, Canberra
2013  Commissioned by BTV/WildBear to work on documentary co-production in Beijing, China
2013  Commissioned by FilmCamp as on-set photographer for the Australian film, Galore
2012 - current  Artist Residency with Molonglo Group, Canberra

Grants/Awards

2014  William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize – Finalist
2013  Olive Cotton Award - Finalist
2013  Asian Women’s Photography Showcase (AWPS) – Winner.
2012  Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award - Finalist
2012  ArtsACT Grant (Belco Pride Publication)
2011  Olive Cotton Award - Finalist
2011  Australian Council for the Arts (Artstart Grant)
2011  Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award - Finalist
2011  National Photographic Portrait Prize - Finalist
2010  William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize - Finalist and Overall Winner
2010  ArtsACT Grant (Incite, FotoFreo)
2010  Head On: Alternative Portraits Prize, Shortlisted
2010  National Photographic Portrait Prize - Finalist
2010  Selected for Hijacked Volume 2 – Australia and Germany.
2009  Critical Mass 09 - Finalist
2009  Sony/ACMP Projections 09. Finalist, Category Winner (Art) and Overall Winner

Collections

Australian Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Monash Gallery of Art
Molonglo Group
National Library of Australia
Canberra Museum and Art Gallery
Various Private Collections