Talya Chalef is a Brooklyn based South African/Australian interdisciplinary artist who has developed and presented new projects since 2004. She is the cofounder of Public Works Department with Sofy Yuditskaya and a member of Mapping Spectral Traces - a global group of artists, scholars and academics concerned with cultural geography. Talya explores themes of social justice, memory, history and identity and seeks out new forms of performance. Projects include: Site (2006), In Other Words (2007 Melbourne & 2009 Argentina; both nominated in the Victorian Green Room Awards) and Eyton Road (2009 Melbourne & Cape Town). She directed An Improvised Explosive Device (2011) for the NY Fringe and wrote and directed L'Chaim (2013). Talya has participated in numerous artist residencies in both Melbourne and NYC including: ArtsHouse North, Melbourne Meat Market; Abbotsford Convent Melbourne; Watermill Centre, NY; Space on Ryder Farm; Mount Tremper Arts, Centre for Advanced Study University of Minnesota; and was an invited guest artist in Maynooth Dublin. Talya completed an MFA at Columbia University (2013) and holds a graduate diploma in Animateuring (Theatremaking/Devising) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2004). She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Columbia Dean's Fellowship, the prestigious Elizabeth Murdoch Travel Fellowship, multiple Besen Family Foundation Awards, and most recently The Australian Council of the Arts 2014 ArtStart Grant.