• Image by Amy May Stuart
    Image by Amy May Stuart
Exhibition Date: 12 June—15 September 2024

Opening Event Date: 29 June 2024, 2—4pm
Event Information

Footscray Community Arts is delighted to present Sutures, an exhibition by Sophie Cassar that explores the sexual politics of disability through photography, text, and artist books.  

Sutures emerges from Cassar’s research into online archives of disability-based fetish material. These works confront the often-blurred lines between medical intervention and non-consensual touch.  

In her artist books, Cassar places photographs from her personal archive alongside texts painted in chlorhexidine, a medical antiseptic used for preoperative skin disinfection. Pink-tinged and delicate, this pairing explores the idea of an “embodied perpetual girlhood”, underscoring the persistent intrusion of medical treatment in shaping one’s sexuality and self-perception.  

Throughout the exhibition, Sutures offers a reflection on desirability politics, and the subjective influence of both the medical and sexual gaze. 

Don’t miss the special opening event on 29 June from 2—4 pm, where you can gain deeper insights into the themes and processes behind Cassar’s work.

Exhibition Date: 12 June—15 September 2024
Opening Event Date:
29 June 2024, 2—4pm

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

This project was supported by Maribyrnong Council’s Western Artist Mentorship Program, with project mentor, Jane Trengove.

Studio assistance provided by Anna Dunnill, Jemi Gale, Clare Longley, Nunzio Madden, Thomas McCammon, Hazi Nagel, Sam Petersen, Autumn Royal, Katie Ryan, and Amy May Stuart.

Date & Times

Wednesday 12 June 9:30 am

Sunday 15 September 4:00 pm

Roslyn Smorgon Gallery
Meet the Artist
  • Sophie Cassar
    Sophie Cassar

    Sophie Cassar is an artist based in Naarm. Her practice responds to cultural representations of illness and disability through image and text. Recent works have been developed through research into collective disability politics and intergenerational knowledge exchange. Cassar’s work has recently been included in programs and exhibitions at Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, KINGS Artist-Run, Bus Projects and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.