VANILA NETTO’s practice includes photography, sculpture, drawing and video, referencing Modernist design and architecture, nature, science fiction and technology. The re-utilisation of ordinary objects is a reoccurring theme in Netto’s work; expressing personal anxieties in reaction to mass consumerism and the increasingly catastrophic exploitation of all the things we share. The shift between indoor studio scenes, cool landscapes, stark architectural forms and technological artifacts encourage the viewer to question our relationship with the environment and our lifestyles of material obsolescence.
Born 1963, Salvador, Brazil, Netto lives and works in Amsterdam. Winner of the Citigroup Australian Photographic Portrait Prize in 2006 and a commended finalist for the 2005 Helen Lempriere Travelling Scholarship, Netto has exhibited locally and internationally since 1987. She is included in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank, UBS Melbourne, and Deloitte, Sydney.
Selected exhibitions include: Time and Vision, Bargerhouse Oxo Tower, Southbank, London, 2012; Open Atelier Paintings – New Works, 1800 Roeden Atelier 0.15 Hal B, Amsterdam, 2012; Project February 29th 2012, Kunsthale Hannover, Germany, 2012; In Advance, UTS Gallery, Sydney, 2010; The Isolated Object, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2007; Perfect for Every Occasion: Photography Today, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2007; Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art: 21st Century Modern, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2006 and 2004: Australian Culture Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2004.