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Hannah Furmage is a conceptual artist living and working in Sydney, Australia. Her work is the
product of interactions with people who inhabit the margins of social acceptability. In previous
works she has collaborated with professional boxers, prisoners and heroin dealers. Her work is
both orchestrated and spontaneous representations of encounters with the participants.
Emphasis in the work is on the interaction between the collaborators and the end product is often
an artifact of the experience of making the artwork.
Furmage challenges the perceived cultural authority of the artist, allowing the work to be shaped
and dependent on the collaborators. This interaction aims to cultivate understanding between co-
participants through a genuine shared experience. She does this not as a moral crusader of the
middle class but by recognizing her collaborators as comrades in the shared daily struggles of life
under an increasing oppressive and divisive political/economic regime.