“Sia has always been uncompromising in her quest for art that is of universal significance. Working to visualise that has been both a challenge and the ride of a lifetime, and I'm proud to show what we've been able to achieve over the years." — Daniel Askill
Sia+Daniel Askill: The Videos (2003-2021) is an immersive retrospective breaking down the pairs’ complete video works to date, with bespoke video content created by Askill specifically for the exhibition. The pieces, including the GRAMMY-nominated videos for Chandelier (featuring dancer and actress Maddy Ziegler) and Elastic Heart chart Sia's rise from indie darling to global musical icon, as well as Askill's journey to become one of the most renowned music video and commercial directors in the world.
Sia and Askill (both born in Australia) have worked together since 2003, with Askill's thoughtful direction powering Sia’s interest in avant-garde music videos and groundbreaking live performances. Together, their music video work has been viewed over two-billion times, with Sia’s Coachella-headlining performance described as amongst the most memorable moments in the festival’s history.
Presented as an immersive exhibition with never-before-seen footage and images, the works will be housed in Porto’s Palacete Pinto Leite; a cavernous, gothic-style palace first built in 1846. The exhibition, imagined by Semi Permanent, has been specifically designed for this space, and will never be seen in this context again.
Porto, in Portugal's north, was chosen specifically to debut this experience due to its rapidly rising profile as a European hub of art, culture, design and creativity. The experience will be designed and produced in collaboration with Portugal design group MOON and the City of Porto.
Sia + Daniel Askill, The Videos: 2003—2021 will be held at the Palacete Pinto Leite in Porto, Portugal on 19-23 May. The exhibition organisers are collaborating closely with the City of Porto to create a COVID-safe event. Tickets are free, distributed as timed sessions. For more info, visit siaxdanielaskill.com