Honi Ryan, Australia / France / Germany
Honi Ryan is a performance and installation artist with a nomadic social practice. Born in Melbourne and working between Paris and Berlin, her work has intercultural concerns that deal with the present body in relationship to others and the environment.
Working with long term social-performance projects at the core of her practice, Ryan engages with people and communities to develop social issues through performance art, building relationships as artworks by creating heightened encounters in everyday life.
Ryan has exhibited and performed in twelve countries across Europe, north and south America, Asia and Australia. She has attended residencies internationally with both collaborative and solo projects, and has published two artist books on her artistic research. She has presented at art and philosophy conferences and taught art in universities in Germany, Pakistan, the US, and Australia.
Ryan’s education combined visual art with experiential design between the Cologne International School of Design, Germany; and Sydney University, Australia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Art with first-class honours and was awarded the University Medal in 2008. Ryan completed a Master of Fine Art in Creative Practice with the Transart Institute between Berlin and New York in 2015 and was awarded the Transart Achievement Award in 2017. Her masters thesis is titled "Gestures of Intent: Performance art enacting peace through presence and participation."
Ryan's research interests focus on the role of art in peace mediation, intercultural exchange, creativity in the everyday, progressive pedagogy, unlearning, and the artistic residency.