Maddie Hepner (b. 1998) is an American-Australian artist working within photography and media arts, based in Canberra, Australia. Her artistic practice covers topics of personal identity, political discourse, and the utilisation of the found image within a digital context. Hepner is interested in how circulated images can be utilised in the dispersal of information through a current context, with keen focuses on the hyper-politicised Internet space and the American alt-right. Her Honours project in 2021 delves into the darker corners of the Internet to understand how this division of photography aligns closely with the division of the concept of the American Dream in the United States today.
Maddie graduated from the ANU School of Art and Design with First Class Honours in 2021. She has exhibited at a multitude of galleries across Canberra, including Gorman Arts Centre, Tributary Projects, M16 Artspace, and PhotoAccess, and has had photographs commissioned and published in the Woroni Newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald, and Canberra Times.
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