Nina Ross | That Takes Balls

20 June – 6 July 2019


That Takes Balls, 2019, HD video 9 min, 30 sec



Cara, Edith, Eden, unnamed, Rhonda, Maddison, unnamed, Kym, unnamed, unnamed, unnamed, Bette, Michelle, Toyah, unnamed, Erana, Jacqueline, Dannyll, Kristie, unnamed, Gayle, Nicole, Julie, Beverley, Mara, Pamela, Fahima, Kristina, Dawn, Mary, unnamed, Samantha, Laa, Nicole, Michelle, Fatima, Amanda, Jan, Larissa, Eurydice, Qi, unnamed, Caroline, unnamed, unnamed, Karen, Cynda, Katrina, Debbie, unnamed, Cecilia, unnamed, Kay, Teah, unnamed, Simone, Katherine, Kerrie, unnamed, Marija, Le Ngoc, Sally, Radmila, Mary, Nowra, Nancy, Amelia, Antonia, Margaret.

69 women were murdered due to violence in Australia in 2018.*


That takes balls is a response to the culture of gendered violence against women in Australia. The work confronts the safety and visibility of women in public space, as well as broader problems of cultural attitudes towards women and girls. 


*The artist would like to acknowledge the time and research of Destroy the Joint, who count every known death due to violence against women in Australia, verified by police and media reports.


Nina Ross is a Melbourne based artist who draws on individual experiences to interrogate the use of visual and textual language within political and personal spheres. Using the body, her work speaks to current global issues, while giving a voice to personal narratives and concerns.


Nina’s work engages in collaborative practice including co-founding Artists’ Committee (2017) and Artists’ Subcommittee (2018). Currently Nina is collating research  conducted with artists Jessie Scott and Lizzy Sampson- which proposes practical ways in which galleries can support working artists who are also parents.

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