Laura Freitag, God Save Us, 2015, Live performance, xs collective, Photo: Fleur Ruddick.

Laura Freitag is a member of the xs collective, an association of highly experimental installation and live performance artists who contribute collectively-themed and collaborative work towards installations using an experimental lab approach around their interpretation of human excess. The collective shares curatorial oversight. Work is entirely each artist’s or collaboration of artists’ contribution towards a collective notion of human excess. Collective artists join each exhibition on an individual readiness and availability basis. Decisions are made collectively at regular meetings. Artists are listed in reverse alphabet by surname.

Organisational or curatorial oversight is shared between members, either on a collective basis or between one or more volunteer or group-invited members on a loosely rotational basis. The xs collective aims to take advantage of the ‘many heads are better than one’ adage and to fully utilise the increased flow of ideas that comes naturally from collective processes and practices.

Laura is an emerging artist based in Mildura. Her primary discipline is photography; however she extends her practice into performance video and the production of intimate, small-scale sculptures. Freitag attained a Diploma of Visual Arts at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE and then a Bachelor of Visual Arts, with an additional first-class Honours year, at La Trobe University Mildura. Freitag’s first postgraduate exhibition was with London-based artist Alicja Dobrucka at Wallflower Photomedia Gallery Mildura in 2013. Laura was subsequently invited to join the Wallflower gallery team in 2015 and assists with the curation and installation of monthly shows.

Other xs collective artists include: Geoffrey Brown, Rosina Byrne, Dan Downing, Kristian Häggblom, Danielle Hobbs, Rohan Morris, Kerryn Sylvia, and Stuart Walsh.