This series investigates the individual encountering of 41 small museums and their caretakers throughout rural Australia, culminating in a body of collective imagery and conversations. The research, spanning in total three years, crosses Australian states and territories, mapping and tracing unique collections and archives. Through photographs and transcribed interviews it attests to the human imperative to collect, archive, display and conserve objects and information for public consumption. Throughout Australia, small museums proliferate where objects are classified and presented for posterity within the local community. Historical preservation or the commemoration of an event or trauma, particularly in a country such as Australia, is integral to these collections where issues of colonisation and the human diaspora are considered and experienced.


Originally hailing from Germany, Simone is currently based in Sydney. In 2010 she completed a Masters of Fine Arts (Research) at the UNSW College of Fine Arts (COFA). Simone also holds a BA and MA in Photography (University of Applied Sciences Dortmund/Germany) and was recently featured in the reGeneration²: tomorrow’s photographers today project with work from the Small Museum series. Simone has won numerous national and international awards, most recently the IPA (International Photography Award/NYC (2009). Her work has been showcased in USA, Europe, Asia and Africa at places such as Aperture Gallery (NYC), Galerie Azzedine Alaia (Paris), Laurence Miller Gallery (NYC), AIPAD (NYC), Musée d’Elysée (Switzerland), Recontre d’Arles (France), Flash Forward Festival (Canada), Art Basel Miami Beach (USA) and PhotoSpring Festival Beijing (China).

Simone is represented by Laurence Miller Gallery (NYC) and Galerie Merkle (Germany). To view more of Simone’s work please visit her website.