"... INCREDIBLY PRECISE, PAINSTAKINGLY CRAFTED IN TERMS OF THE MINUTIA OF BODILY MOVEMENT AND VISUAL STIMULATION, METICULOUSLY SCRIPTED..."
Talya Chalef is a Brooklyn based South African/Australian interdisciplinary artist who has developed and presented new projects since 2004. She is the co-founder of Public Works Department with Sofy Yuditskaya and is a member of the trans-disciplinary, international group of scholars, practitioners, community leaders and artists MAPPING SPECTRAL TRACES.
Talya is concerned with themes of cultural geography, social justice, memory, history and identity and seeks out new forms of performance. Her practice often involves site specific locations, interdisciplinary theatrical elements and international collaborations. Projects include: SITE (2006), IN OTHER WORDS (2007- Melbourne and 2009 Argentina – both nominated in the Victorian Green Room awards) and EYTON RD (2009, Melbourne and Infecting the City Festival, Cape Town).
She directed AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE (2011) for the NYC International Fringe produced by Creative Infantry, developed and presented an initial original workshop performance of PORT CITIES(2011) aboard the Red Hook Museum Barge, and wrote and directed L’CHAIM (2013) at the Horace Mann Theatre (NYC).
Talya has participated in numerous artist residencies in both Melbourne and NYC including; ArtsHouse North Melbourne Meatmarket; Abbotsford Convent Melbourne, Watermill Centre NYC, Space on Ryder Farm NY, Mount Tremper Arts NY, Centre for Advanced Study University of Minnesota and was invited as an Ómós Áite guest artist in Maynooth Dublin.
Talya completed an MFA at Columbia University(2013) and holds a graduate diploma in Animateuring from the Victorian College of the Arts (2004). She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Columbia Dean’s Fellowship, the prestigious Elizabeth Murdoch Travel Fellowship, multiple Besen Family Foundation awards and most recently the Australia Council of the Arts 2014 ArtStart grant.