Award winning artist Bindi Cole Chocka was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia.
She studied at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, Federation University and is currently undertaking a PhD at Deakin University.
Bindi Cole Chocka is a resilient and ingenious contemporary photographer, new media artist, writer and curator who speaks compellingly through her creative work.
Chocka’s work often references her life story and experiences, such as her Aboriginal heritage, the importance of Christianity in her life, and the impact of politics, the law and other power structures on her lived experience and that of her family and community.
Her deeply personal and powerful artistic practice questions the way people circumscribe and misconstrue contemporary identity and experience.
Chocka works to expose the questions most are afraid to ask. At times, her artworks are so personal having been cathartically imbued with a gritty honesty, that the viewer’s experience can verge on voyeurism. Her work exposes the latent and unspoken power dynamics of global culture in the here and now. She subtly but powerfully reveals some uncomfortable truths about the fundamental disconnection between who we are – the communities and identities by which we shape our sense of self – and how the prevailing culture attempts to place and define us.
In 2010, Chocka was listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne. Since her first solo show in 2007, Chocka’s work has been widely exhibited at various galleries including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, National Portrait Gallery, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand), Art Basel (Hong Kong), Art In Odd Places Festival (New York, USA), MOCADA (Brooklyn, USA), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taiwan), India Arts Fair (India) and the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre (Thailand). Her work is held in many collections across the globe.
Chocka lives and works in Melton, Victoria, Australia is married and has two children.