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  • Clifford Prince King, Untitled, (m _ q), 2017. Courtesy the artist, Gordon Robichaux, NY and STARS, LA
    Clifford Prince King, Untitled, (m _ q), 2017. Courtesy the artist, Gordon Robichaux, NY and STARS, LA
Exhibitions
Queer PHOTO
Exhibition Date: 27 January—24 March 2024
Event Information

Queer PHOTO presents a collection of photographic exhibitions, outdoor activations and immersive public events that explore identity, culture, and resilience.  Seen through the queer gaze, personal narratives intertwine with intimacy and sexuality, inviting you to witness the convergence of traditional cultural boundaries, contemporary bodies, and sex positivity.

Indoor Exhibitions: 3 February — 26 May 2024
Artworks are located in Henderson House gallery spaces.

Orange Grove, Clifford Prince King (USA)
Gabriel Gallery — Henderson House
Content Warning: this exhibition includes nudity and themes of a sexual nature.

Photographer Clifford Prince King documents his intimate relationships in traditional, everyday settings that speak of his experiences as a queer black man.

Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped In Black), Derik Lynch and Matthew Thorne (AUS)
Entrance Gallery — Henderson House
Follow Yankunytjatjara man Derik Lynch’s trip back to Country for spiritual healing – a journey from oppressive white city life in Adelaide, back home to his remote Anangu Community (Aputula) to perform on sacred Inma ground.

Outdoor Exhibitions: 27 January — 24 March 2024
Artworks are located across the Riverside Lawn, Myrtle Café, Lawn River & Pier and Weaving Sustainable Futures garden.

Like A River, Daniel Jack Lyons (USA)
Daniel Jack Lyons’ portrait photography visualises and empowers the trans and queer communities living in the Amazon Rainforest, made in collaboration with Casa do Rio, a community based organisation that supports the cultural lives of Amazonian teenagers and young people.

Black and Blur, Lilah Benetti (AUS)
What if Black Queerness could be more than embodied? Through this series featuring portraits of migrant and Indigenous Black individuals, Lilah Benetti’s work recognises that Blackness is far from a monolithic identity.

The Zizi Show, Jake Elwes (UK)
The Zizi Project collides Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and drag performance. Drag challenges gender and explores otherness, while A.I. is often mystified as a concept and tool – it is complicit in reproducing social bias.

Exquisite Corpse, Salote Tawale (FJ/AUS) 
Reflecting on her experiences as a person from two different colonies (Australia and Fiji), artist Salote Tawale takes Indigenous knowledge systems as a founding base. Exquisite Corpse is also part of the larger PHOTO2024 Exhibition inside the Roslyn Smorgon Gallery. Learn more here.

Alteration, FAFSWAG (NZ)
Meeting at the intersections of cultural archival practices, digital technology and queer Indigenous storytelling, Alteration presents a glimpse into the shapeshifting practice of FAFSWAG, an Aotearoa-based queer Polynesian arts collective. This exhibition is presented at both Substation and Footscray Community Arts.

Public Programming: 4 February — 16 March 2024 (bookings essential)

An Artsy Queer Bus Ride Tour
4 February 2024, 1pm—4pm
Join queer icon 2joocee for the queer, arty bus ride of your dreams!

Lilah Benetti Artist Talk
10 February 2024, 1pm—2pm
Join artist Lilah Benetti in-conversation about their premiere exhibition, ‘Black and Blur’.

Footscray Precinct Tour
10 February 2024, 11am—12pm
Journey through all Queer PHOTO Exhibitions with curator Brendan McCleary.

Pet Portraits With Elvin Lam
2 March 2024, 15min intervals
It’s pet photoshoot time! What cuter way to celebrate your love for your pet than with a photoshoot.

Film Screening and Q&A with Clifford Prince King (USA)
3 March 2024, 1—2:30pm
Open discussion with Clifford Prince King following an exclusive screening of two of their short films that explore queerness, HIV, and intimate relationships.

Workshop: Cyanotype Photography With Isabella Capezio
10 March 2024, 1—4pm
Artist and RMIT Lecturer, Isabella Capezio, is your teacher for this hands-on photography workshop!

Navigating A Male Dominated Industry Photography Panel
10 March 2024, 11am—12pm
Join Photographers Alexis Desaulniers-Lea, Kira Piru, Isabella Capezio and Jacinta Keefe for a discussion on life as a photographer, the hard parts, the lovely parts and tips for new and experienced photographers.

Daniel Jack Lyons (USA) Artist Talk
16 March 2024, 11am—12pm
Join Daniel Jack Lyons and hear him discuss his work and photographic practice.

 

Queer PHOTO is a collaboration comprising large-scale outdoor works, indoor gallery exhibitions, and an interactive public performance program by local and international artists, as part of Midsumma Festival and PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography. 

Image 1: Alteration, FAFSWAG
Image 2: The Zizi Show, Jake Elwes

A Queer PHOTO exhibition program presented by Midsumma and PHOTO Australia Supported by Creative Victoria through the Victorian Government’s Go West Fund.

Date & Times
When

Saturday 27 January 10:00 am

Sunday 24 March 4:00 pm

Venue
Footscray Community Arts
Cost

Free

Accessibility

All internal venues are wheelchair accessible. If you have any access needs, we have a range of audio assistance available. Please call or email us if we can help plan your journey.

Phone: 03 9362 8888
Email: reception@footscrayarts.com

Meet the Artists
  • Clifford Prince King
    Clifford Prince King

    Born 1993, Tucson, Arizona
    Lives and works in New York and Los Angeles

    Clifford Prince King is a self-taught artist based in New York and Los Angeles.

    King documents his intimate relationships in traditional, everyday settings that speak on his experiences as a queer black man. In these instances, communion begins to morph into an offering of memory; it is how he honors and celebrates the reality of layered personhood. Within King’s images are nods to the beyond. Shared offerings to the past manifest in codes hidden in plain sight, known only to those who sit within a shared place of knowledge.

    Website: https://www.cliffordprinceking.com/

    Instagram: @cliffordprinceking

  • Derik Lynch (Yankunytjatjara)
    Derik Lynch (Yankunytjatjara)

    Born 1986, Alice Springs, Australia
    Lives and works Nothern Territory & Adelaide, South Australia

    Derik Lynch is an initiated Yankunytjatjara man born in Alice Springs in 1986. Derik grew up in community in Old Timers Camp in Alice Springs. He spent his childhood living between many communities in the Northern Territory and South Australia, including Umoona/Coober Pedy, Aputula/Finke, and Santa Teresa. He has worked both nationally and internationally in theatre, film and TV, including at the Southbank Theatre, London, Belvoir Street Theatre (Sydney Theatre Company), and at the Sydney Opera House with DANCERITES (2019). During the London run of Namatjira, Derik was also invited for a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II. His recent work Marungka tjalatjunu, with Australian artist Matthew Thorne, won the Silver Bear Jury prize at Berlinale. Derik currently works as an artist, educator, and youth worker.

  • Matthew Thorne
    Matthew Thorne

    Born 1993, Adelaide, Australia
    Lives and works Adelaide, South Australia & Athens, Greece

    Matthew Thorne is a SA filmmaker and artist whose work explores the ‘Australian’ identity and landscape through film, photography, and reenactment. His recent work Marungka tjalatjunu (2023), made with Yankunytjatjara man Derik Lynch, won the Silver Bear Jury prize at Berlinale. His work has been exhibited at Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (2023), the Canberra Museum and Gallery with their Sidney Nolan collection (2022), National Portrait Gallery, Australia (2021), National Portrait Gallery, London (2020), National Museum of Australia (2020), and the Art Gallery of South Australia (2020). He was also recipient of the Adelaide Film Festival & Samstag Gallery of Art Commission (2022), and nominated for the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize (2023), Olive Cotton Award (2023), National Portrait Prize, Australia (2021), and Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, UK (2020).

    Website: www.matthewjjthorne.com
    Instagram: @matthewjjthorne

  • Daniel Jack Lyons
    Daniel Jack Lyons

    Born 1981, Los Angeles, US
    Lives and works Los Angeles, US

    Daniel Jack Lyons is an American artist and anthropologist whose work focuses largely on marginalized youth, whether occupying spaces on the periphery of society or in the face of conflict.

    Website: www.danieljacklyons.com

    Instagram: @danieljacklyons

  • Jake Elwes
    Jake Elwes

    Born 1993, London, UK

    Lives and works London, UK

    Jake Elwes is a media artist who explores poetry and biases in machine learning and artificial intelligence systems. Elwes lives and works in London, having studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (2013-17). The artist’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally including V&A (London); ZKM (Karlsruhe); Today Art Museum (Beijing); Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich); Science Gallery (Dublin); Somerset House (London); RMIT Gallery (Melbourne); Yuz Museum (Shanghai); Onassis Foundation (Athens); Nature Morte, (Delhi); Centre for the Future of Intelligence (Cambridge) and they have been featured ZDF aspekte (Germany) and BBC Arts (UK).

    Website: www.jakeelwes.com

    Instagram: @jakeelwes

  • Lilah Benetti
    Lilah Benetti

    Lilah Benetti (AU)

    Born 1988, Melbourne, Australia
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    From Naarm (Melbourne) Lilah Benetti is an international award winning and critically acclaimed Artist and Filmmaker. Lilah considers their work as auto-ethnographic; an amalgamation of personal experiences interwoven within broader social and cultural histories, foregrounding Black Queer identities.

    Through their practice they often delve into the world of fiction to illuminate obscured narratives, exploring contemporary forms of resistance in the pursuit of self-determination.

    Considering the boundaries between both the still and moving image as fluid and porous, Lilah seeks to push the visual medium’s possibilities through scale, method and presentation, blurring the lines between reality and imagination.

    Lilah’s work is both speculative and imaginative – attentive to our immediate futures, recognising that Black Futurism and Queer Futurity are both near and tangible.

    Website: www.lilahbenetti.com

    Instagram: @easylilah

  • FAFSWAG
    FAFSWAG

    Alteration is FAFSWAG’s landmark Australian show created by Jermaine Dean, Falencie Filipo, Tanu Gago, Tapuaki Helu, Elyssia Wilson Heti, Nahora Ioane, Hōhua Ropate Kurene, Moe Laga-Toleafoa, Ilalia Loau, Tim Swann, Pati Solomona Tyrell and James Waititi. Curated collaboratively by FAFSWAG members Tanu Gago, Elyssia Wilson-Heti, Pati Tyrell and James Waititi with The Substation team, Nuala Furtado and Shae Rooke.

    FAFSWAG is a Queer Indigenous arts collective committed to social change through arts and innovation, producing bespoke cultural activations that are cutting edge, culturally responsive and socially relevant. Operating across a multitude of interdisciplinary art forms and genres, FAFSWAG artists work collaboratively to activate public and digital space, speaking to our contexts as Queer Indigenous arts practitioners.

    Instagram: @FAFSWAG

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