Ella Sowinska is an artist and filmmaker whose work is guided by the theoretical discourses of documentary and reality television. Ella addresses the impact that the constructed situation has upon these social relationships, and explores the power dynamics between director or artist and actor, participant or contestant by drawing attention to the often-constructed situation. Working predominantly in video, installation and occasionally, live performance, Ella's work is critical of the voyeurism inherent in the documentation of the private and intimate lives of others. Recent projects have been concerned with the representation of intimacy and desire in non-fiction screen based works from a queer perspective. Ella's work has been included in the Mildura Palimpsest Biennial, as well as recent exhibitions at TCB, The Honeymoon Suite, Metro Arts and The Centre for Contemporary Photography. Ella’s film ‘80 Ways’ was exhibited on the online platform ‘Recess’ in 2018, and received a positive review by MEMO in their recent ‘Best and overlooked of 2018’ segment. Ella's graduating film Pretty Gross and Incredibly Intimate won the Best Documentary award at the VCA graduate awards in 2018.
Ella is currently employed at the National Gallery of Victoria as a Moving Image Designer. She has also worked alongside organisations such as The Austin Hospital, Melbourne University, Save the Children, Next Wave Festival, Goodbyes, Turning Point, The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association and Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre on a freelance basis to produce video content for education, marketing and campaign purposes.
Ella lives and works in Naarm Melbourne on the unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.