Amrita Hepi (b. 1989, Townsville of Bundjulung/Ngapuhi territories) is an award-winning artist. Her current practice is concerned with dance as social function performed within galleries, performance spaces, video art and digital technologies. She engages in forms of historical fiction and hybridity —especially those that arise under empire— to investigate the bodies relationship to personal histories and archive. Amrita is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery & Performing Lines.
In 2020 & 2018, she was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the Keir Choreographic Award and won FBI Radio’s BEST ARTIST. In 2020/2021 she was commissioned to make work by Kaldor public art projects, Serpentine Galleries UK, South East Dance Brighton, ACCA, Gertrude Contemporary, and AGNSW. She was a Gertrude Contemporary studio artist in residence (2020 – 2022) and is on the Board Of Directors for RISING festival and Lucy Guerin Inc. She is also a lecturer in Dance and Visual Art (sculpture/performance) at VCA. In 2019 she was a commissioned artist for The National: New Australian Art 2019 and the recipient of the Dance Web scholarship. In 2018 she was named one of Forbes Asia 30 under 30. Amrita trained at NAISDA and Alvin Ailey NYC. Since 2013 she has worked with leading Australian dance companies and choreographers such as Marrugeku, Force Majeure, WA Indigenous Dance company (Ochres) Melanie Lane, Bhenji Ra and Victoria Chiu. She has been an artist-in-residence at BANFF Centre for the Arts Canada, ACE OPEN South Australia, PACT Sydney. As artist with a broad following and reach Amrita’s work has taken various forms (film, performance, sculpture, text, lecture, participatory installation), but always begins with the body as a point of archive, memory, dance and resistance.