Justine Khamara lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. In 2003 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Justine Khamara's practice to date has sought to disrupt photography's smooth, two-dimensional surfaces by building sculptures and collages entirely out of photographs. A flat image, usually figurative, is transformed either by slicing directly into the photographic skin and pulling features into three dimensional form, or by taking multiple shots of a single subject which are then collaged. Often evoking biological processes of replication while also engaging with notions of self-representaiton in an era of instant, endlessly generative (re)productions technologies, her work is best understood as a deeply psychological response to contemporary notions of being (in the existentialist sense).
Group exhibitions include New 09, ACCA Melbourne (2009); Primavera 07, MCA Sydney (2007); Six Orbits Around the Blue Moon, Ramp Gallery Masey University, Hamilton, NZ (2005); Figures of Question, Ord Minnett Foyer Gallery Melbourne(2005); Hatched 03, Healthway National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2003)
Solo exhibitions include How Excellently We Did-diddly-do-do Do It, Heide Museum of Modern Art (2007); Legion, tcb art inc., Melbourne (2005); Bugaboo!, tcb art inc, Melbourne (2004); Eye Spy... Linden St.Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (2003)
Between 2006-2007 Justine was a committee member at Westspace. Her writing has been published in Artlink Magazine as well as online journals including Melbourne's Un Magazine and New Zealand based Naturalselection. In 2008 she was the recipient of an Australia Council new works grant for emerging artists.