Rebecca Swan is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly with photography and video. Her work is personal in nature, drawing on her own experience and contextualising that within a social and cultural framework. Her work has engaged with a wide range of issues, from cancer, sexual orientation, gender diversity and spirituality.
Since 1990 Rebecca has exhibited in major galleries and museums in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Spain, England, Scotland, Germany and China. Her three books were published in 11 countries and her work is held in public and private collections including The Dowse, Wellington and The Wallace Collection.
Aged 23 she was diagnosed with cancer and this formative experience continues to reverberate through her practice. In 2008 Assume Nothing, celebrating Gender Diversity became a touring exhibition commissioned by The Dowse that toured five public galleries in New Zealand as well as two galleries in Spain.
Her 2010 series Dying to Know and her current exhibition The Exquisite Wound question the psychological, emotional and spiritual nature of dying. The Exquisite Wound is a touring show that opens in Auckland at Silo Six, jointly presented by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and Auckland Arts Festival. Te Manawa Museum will then present it in Palmerston North from May to August 2017.