LAKE DOLLY – CHRISTIAN THOMPSON
August 28 – September 7
Antidote: A Festival of Ideas, Art & Action – Sydney Opera House, Western Broadwalk
Named after the creek where Christian Thompson’s grandfather grew up, Lake Dolly is an auto-ethnographic exploration of identity, gender and race. This free outdoor event will exhibit Thompson’s 2017 series that employs his renowned focus on Anti-Portraiture and stunning Australian botanicals; in this case enacting sophisticated imagery relating to physical land, place and exile. Through the sourcing, creation and wearing of unique floral installation pieces (here reminiscent of his Sephardic/Spanish Jewish relatives and their Traditional head dresses), Thompson’s performance-based photographs juxtapose the Western ideal of masculinity with the fragile beauty of the natural world. In doing so, he ruptures society’s binary understandings of race and gender and presents alternative views of Aboriginal masculinity. To read more click here.
Christian Thompson, Devil’s Darning Needle, c-type print on Fuji Pearl Metallic Paper, 120 x 120 cm, 2017. Images courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.
In 2017, Antidote has explored the human relationship with geological, physical and natural worlds through Anthropocene, and questioned the definitions of Nationhood, patriotism and issues of mass migration through Moving Nations.
Now in our third quarter, Engender, we are showcasing two major public exhibitions: Lake Dolly by Christian Thompson – a part of the Sydney Opera House’s Inaugural event Antidote: A Festival of Ideas, Art & Action, and Engender – a group exhibition at ALASKA Projects.
During this quarter, we will explore the notion of gender as a social construct by presenting artists whose works question the rigid semantic understanding of male vs. female. It is through this exploration that we aim to disrupt the zeitgeist-driven perception of people as bodies with set roles and present new modes of understanding gender through feminist, queer, trans and anti-racist subjectivities.
Angelica Mesiti, Nakh Removed, 2015 (still). Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
15 – 30 September
This group exhibition brings together seven artists whose works engage with gender and sexuality, exploring the ways in which we move through the world as gendered bodies and aims to expand the rigidity around how we view what is male and what is female. Through the lenses of feminist, queer, trans and anti-racist subjectivities, the artists offer diverse representations of gender which defy categorisation, revealing how gender informs lived experience across marginalised identities. Curated by Grace Partridge with assistance from Emma Size.
Featured Artists include: Tony Albert, Angelica Mesiti, Liam Benson, Get to Work, Echo Morgan, Angela Yu and Archie Barry.
Tony Albert, Brother (Our Present), pigment print on paper, 150x100cm edition of 3+2APs, 2013. Image courtesy of Sullivan+Strumpf and the Artist.