Eve of Reconstruction
A science-fictional contemplation on desiring connection to a land as an uninvited visitor whose ancestry belongs elsewhere. Referencing the artifice of high fashion photography in temporary costumes she constructs from the natural surrounds, TextaQueen challenges ethnographic projections onto her brown-skinned body posed upon Wodi Wodi country.
OPENING: Thursday 3 August, 6pm – 8pm
EXHIBITION: Friday 4 August – Saturday 26 August
VENUE: FCAC Gabriel Gallery
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
TextaQueen‘s practice articulates complex politics of gender, sexuality, race and identity, primarily through portraiture rendered in fibre-tip marker. Interested in how visual and popular culture inform personal identity, her current practice focuses on the influence of ethno-cultural and colonial legacies on these dynamics in relation to her own existence as a person of Indian origin living on others’ ancestral lands colonially known as Australia.
Her performative pin-ups, people of colour in their colonial apocalypses, fantastical self-portraiture and poetic murals have been showcased wildly and widely including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; and Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York and can be found in collections such as National Gallery of Victoria, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, University of Queensland, and Heide Museum of Modern Art. A nationally touring mid-career survey of her work debuted at the Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Victoria in February 2017. She is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney.
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre.
1- TextaQueen, Clasp, 2016 (detail)