Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are known for their distinctive installation artworks, using video, sound, architecture, and public participation. Developed through expansive research in places undergoing social change, Leber and Chesworth’s works are speculative and archaeological, responding to architectural, social, and technological settings. Their highly detailed, conceptual videoworks emerge from the real, but exist significantly in the realm of the imaginary, enveloping the viewer in cycles of experiential and evaluative contemplation.
Their work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including '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).