Ella Dreyfus is a multi-disciplinary artist in photography and installation exploring themes of history, racism, and family, with an ongoing interest in portraiture, community and affective encounters. She is an award-winning artist and holds a Doctoral Degree in Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales, Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include Walking in Wiesbaden, Aktives Museum Spiegelgasse for German-Jewish History, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2017, Under Twenty-Seven, Watt Space Newcastle and Bondi Pavilion Gallery, featured artist and finalist Head On Photo Festival, 2019. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris, 2013, Visual Arts Research Resident at Banff Centre, Canada, 2014 and Kunsthaus, Wiesbaden, 2017. Dreyfus is a senior lecturer and Head of Public Programs at the National Art School, Sydney.
All roads lead to Kandos is a participatory artwork inviting audiences to articulate their relationships to each other through being in Kandos. The concept challenges audiences to discover, declare and rejoice in the fascinating ways they are related to one another. The hands-on installation encourages viewers to examine their personal and professional lives, histories, memories and relationships to people they know or meet in Kandos, and delves into the complex web of relational connectivity based on elements such as work, politics, religion, education, travel, residence, and other elements like emotions, beliefs, class, crime, trauma, death, loss, love etc. The artwork is enacted in real time, with real people, who will declare their relationships, to expanding and building upon networks made at the Cementa Contemporary Art Festival.