One Of Australia's Most Influential Artists Showcases At The Venice Biennale On Home Soil

27/04/2016 11:33 AM AEST | Updated 02/08/2016 5:25 PM AEST

Fiona Hall is one of Australia's most influential artists.

With a career that has spanned over four decades she has become a become a powerful voice on political and environmental issues within the art world.

In a mark of her success and the respect she has acquired within the industry, Hall has been selected to represent Australia in the world's most prestigious art event — the Venice Biennale — a feat twice as special as it's made its way to home soil for what is both the first and only time it will be showing in Australia.

Taking place in Canberra's National Gallery of Australia, Hall's 'Wrong Way Time' shines a light on global politics, military conflict and the environment.

"Fiona's talking about the state of the world today, and she has a dark story about the state of the world politically, environmentally and financially. And that's a very relevant story and so important that Australian's can see it at the NGA, said Simon Mordant, Venice Biennale Commissioner.

"To have Australians have the opportunity to see this extraordinary show in its entirety complimented by works from the NGA's own collection, it's really very special."

"It's all very well to show to international audience... but it's just great for a local audience to come a long and to respond as they will, to be critical if that's their way, whatever, to be apart of the Australian conversation not just the one on the other side of the world," Hall added.

The exhibition includes over 800 intricate hand-made objects, a feat Mordant explains is quite remarkable for modern day artists.

"To see it and realise she has made every single piece herself, it's amazing," he said.

"It doesn't seem to me to be remarkable, although it's a question I get asked often these days, because it seems to be increasingly unlikely that an artist has made all of their work," Hall said.

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time runs from 22 April - 10 July at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. This is the 2015 Venice Biennale exhibition has been unveiled to Australian audiences for the first time in a milestone exhibition.