The knowledge between us 2017

Exploring the human race’s ever-present hunger for knowledge and the value placed upon what you (think you) know. The quest to know it all, in contrast to the state of wonderment we reach in surrendering to the infinite unknown.
Featuring dancers Tara Jade Samaya & James Vu Anh Pham

Lit by Volcano’s 2020

Wabisabi 2019

A stain on my perfect intention. A blot spreading on the hand I use to control it all. A crinkle in my perfect circle. A pin prick glitch that leads to my unravelling. A breath of wind that opens into a storm, rushing towards my ultimate surrender.
A homage to the beauty of the imperfect.

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Pippa Samaya


Pippa Samaya is a Melbourne based photographer/film-maker with two overlapping specialisations of practice: dance/movement, and humanitarian documentary. Awards include two-time winner of the International 60 Second Dance Film Competition (Denmark/Finland), Australian Dance Award for Excellence in Dance on Film, Best action shot and best staged photography at SALON exhibit at CCP, Best Film at FAD Film Festival (US), Berlin Motion Picture festival & Portland Dance Film festival, Best Music Video at the NIMA awards, finalist in the National Photography Prize, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and IRIS portraiture prize (PCP). Pippa has worked extensively with the contemporary dance industry in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Pippa’s humanitarian documentary work evolved from several years traveling with NGO One Voice to remote villages in India and Nicaragua, and a Syrian Refugee camp in Greece, documenting human experience and connection through co-creation.

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