Incinerator welcomes guest curator Maddee Clarke for Midsumma

Monday, 8 January 2018

The Incinerator Gallery partners with Midsumma to present Black Magic, an exhibition curated by Maddee Clarke opening on Friday, 19 January.

From 20 January to 18 February Black Magic will showcase works by queer, trans, gender diverse and sistergirl/brotherboy Indigenous artists, each exploring the impact of Christian white sensibility on sexual politics in Australia.

Using mediums including jewellery, sculpture, video, photography, painting and self- portraiture, the works in Black Magic are a playful, subversive and challenging response to the stigma that is placed on Aboriginal queer, trans gender diverse and sistergirl/brotherboy people.

The artists featured in this exhibition include Peter Waples-Crowe, Dianne Jones, Todd Fernando, Neika Lehman, Jeremy Anderson and Kent Monkman.

The six artists use humour as the underlying theme throughout their works as resistance and a survival tactic, irony, sarcasm and humour links these artists together and gives them a voice.

Midsumma in association with the Incinerator Gallery will also be presenting the panel discussion, First Nations Pride: Decolonising Sex and Gender in Conversation on Saturday, 20 January at 2pm.
Curator Maddee Clark will be joined by panellists Laniyuk Garcon (featured Colouring the Rainbow author), Mark Nannup (Vic NAIDOC, Midsumma Indigenous Engagement Coordinator), and exhibiting artist Todd Fernando in an engaging discussion, unpacking the effects of colonisation on Indigenous bodies and sexualities.

The panel discussion will be responding to themes of resistance, stigmatisation and decolonisation present in the exhibition and is a forward-focused discussion that foregrounds First Nations voices on the topic of First Nations bodies.

LGBTIQA+ in Moonee Valley will be exhibited in Boadle Hall Community Gallery to coincide with Council's participation in Midsumma Festival and will feature interactive works prepared by the local LGBTIQ community.

More information on the exhibition can be found at on the Incinerator Gallery website or by calling the gallery on 8325 1750.

Exhibition details

Opening night: Friday, 19 January from 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: 20 January – 19 February
Panel discussion: Saturday, 20 January, 2–3.30pm
First Nations Pride: Decolonising Sex and Gender in conversation

Media enquiries:
Maryanne Karlovic, Acting Marketing and Communications Officer, Arts and Culture 9243 9115

Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM