Moment Photo on cotton and projection, collaboration with my partner Yandell Walton for OUTSIDE
OUTSIDE (reasons for leaving your back door unlocked), presents a complex system of individual and collective storytelling using video, sculpture, photography, performance, installation and projection. Bringing together a variety of contemporary practitioners, OUTSIDE can be read through a myriad of lenses. It is an exhibition turned house party that will leave you never looking at your lounge-room in the same way again.
Inhabiting an unused space on Melbourne’s iconic Peel Street are the works of Andrew Atchison, Nadia Combe, Lauren Dunn, Arie Rain Glorie, Amy-Jo Jory, Kali Rose, Jonas Ropponen, Salote Tawale and Yandell Walton. Occupying spaces inside the building, and presenting contemporary arts practice outside the traditional white cube, OUTSIDE is a site specific show by Melbourne based emerging and established artists that hints at a variety of queer ideas.
Houses are potent symbols of belonging - they are homes - and as such they have come to represent family, safety and financial security amongst other things. In queer communities, ‘chosen family’ can potentially transform systems of heteronormative exclusion, and re-frame structures of gendered inequality.
“These spaces of familia have all made this moment of conclusion possible; they have taught me almost everything I know about queer, about desire, about bodies on the margins, and dance floors creating momentary centers.” (Juana María Rodríguez, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Dicursive Spaces, 2003).
Curated by Amy-Jo Jory, Yandell Walton and Lauren Dunn.