Zanny Begg: The Beehive

What happened to Juanita Nielsen – journalist, style-icon and anti-development campaigner who fought against the violent eviction of tenants on Victoria Street, Kings Cross whose 1975 disappearance remains a mystery?

This unresolved history forms the core of Zanny Begg’s ‘The Beehive’, a cinematic assortment of scripted fictions, documentary interviews and choreographed sequences. Clips morph and evolve with each viewing offering 1,344 possible variations of how her murderer remains at large. Nielsen’s story and Begg’s retelling echo the urban development tensions and housing affordability struggles experienced today.

Zanny Begg, The Beehive, 2018 (production still). Photograph: Philippa Bateman. Courtesy the artist, Enigma Machine and UNSW Galleries, Sydney

Zanny Begg, The Beehive, 2018 (production still). Photograph: Hugh Hamilton. Courtesy the artist, Enigma Machine and UNSW Galleries, Sydney

UNSW Galleries
Until 23 February, 2019
Sydney