Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are known for their distinctive, highly-detailed videoworks that emerge from the real, but exist significantly in the realm of the imaginary. Developed through expansive research in places undergoing social change, their works are speculative and archaeological, responding to architectural, social, and technological settings.
These filmworks are being shown in key international exhibitions including the central exhibitions of 56th Biennale of Venice (2015), and 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); and a parallel exhibition of the 5th Moscow Biennale (2013). Collections include National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of Western Australia; and Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Leber and Chesworth have been awarded the Substation Contemporary Art Prize (2016); Gold Coast Art Prize (2014); and Screengrab International Media Arts Award (2014). They have been finalists in the Blake Prize (2016); Incinerator Art Award for Social Change (2016); and the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2011).
Leber and Chesworth’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including ‘The Score’, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2017); ‘Looking at me through you’, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney (2017); I don't want to be there when it happens, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2017) and PICA, Perth (2017); Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art (2017); ‘The Real and Other Places’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, at Photo Shanghai (2017); ‘This is a Voice’, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney (2017); ‘The Documentary Take’, CCP (2016); ‘Borders, Barriers, Walls’, Monash University Museum of Art (2016); Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne (winner, 2016); 64th Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2016); ‘56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures (2015); ‘19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire’ (2014); ‘Melbourne Now’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013-14); Melbourne Art Fair Video Program (2014); Gold Coast Art Prize, Surfers Paradise (winner, 2014); Screengrab6 International Media Arts Award, Townsville, (winner, 2014); ‘Cooperation Territory’, 16thLine Art Gallery and Makaronka Art Center, Rostov-on-Don, Russia (2013); ‘Spaced: Art Out of Place’, Fremantle Art Centre (2012); ‘Animal/Human’, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane (2012); ‘Stealing the Senses’, Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2011); ‘In camera and in public’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2011); ‘Madrid Abierto’ (2007); ‘+Plus Factors’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2006); and the visual art program of Melbourne International Arts Festival (2004). Leber and Chesworth were finalists in Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2011) and they have been commissioned to create site-specific works for public spaces in Australia, Wales and Slovenia.
Solo exhibitions include ‘Architecture Makes Us’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2018); ‘Zaum Tractor’, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne (2014); and Gridchinhall, Moscow (2013); ‘The Way You Move Me’, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne (2012); ‘Space-Shifter’, Detached/MONA FOMA, Hobart (2012); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2011); and Conical, Melbourne (2009); and ‘Almost Always Everywhere Apparent’, Mildura Arts Centre (2008); and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2007).