Mig Dann is a Naarm / Melbourne-based artist who completed a practice-led PhD in the School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne in 2022. Her multi–disciplinary practice has an experimental, performance-driven approach, from exploring complex childhood trauma through a critical narrative and feminist lens, to a practice that more generally engages the cultural politics of trauma in order to bring attention to the suffering in local and global communities, from refugees to climate catastrophes. Her work is informed by memory and forgetting, absence and presence, feminism, queer culture and decades of lived experience. She is particularly interested in how public art can create new and innovative relationships to existing sites.
The way the past is remembered is through the present, and because those past memories are always shifting she is exploring how the concepts of memory, time and identity can be identified through the present encounter with materials and the sculptural object. Making memory visual and working with it as a set of possibilities is a strategy that she is investigating through installations that combine objects, sound and moving images, in order to explore the poetics as well as the politics of memory and cultural history.
In 2016 Mig was commissioned to make a site-responsive work for the Sculpture Walk at Wesenberg Sculpture Park, Mecklenberg, Germany, followed by a six-week residency, where the work on memory originated.