Vanessa Scully (MA Exp Film) is a Philippine-Australian artist based in London, working in film, video, installation & print. Her works explore the themes of identity and exploitation, particularly in relation to the Philippine diaspora. She is the recipient of an Arts Council grant to develop a series of short experimental films on the topic of Philippine domestic help and servitude. These films traverse the genres of documentary and fiction, in what Vanessa terms ‘docu-fiction’. Alongside filmmaking, Vanessa sometimes curates, commission & programs exhibitions & screenings. Recent projects include Sick Monday, a program of 18 new artist moving image works which celebrates the trailer as an artform; and the ‘video nasty’ as an overlooked critical tool to express social and political truths in an exuberant style. Vanessa is based in Thamesmead and is part of a new wave of artists in residence. She is a co-curator of Thamesmead Texas, supporting the cohesion of the new artist community by hosting weekly speed exhibitions and social gatherings, held from her living room.
Still from Decolonizing Marissa (2019)