Friendship as a Way of Life
- When 8 May - 21 Nov 2020
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD, PADDINGTON NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM
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As public galleries throughout Australia remain temporarily closed, 'Friendship as a Way of Life' will open to the public when restrictions lift and will extend to 21 November 2020.
‘Friendship as a Way of Life’ brings together more than 20 artists and collaborative groups to explore queer kinship and forms of being together. The exhibition centres around three ideas that offer perspectives on LGBTQI+ partnerships, collaboration, visibility, sex, intimacy and knowledge: ‘Public Relations’ (the public expression of private lives and forms of communicating identities); ‘Living Arrangements’ (spaces and approaches to living/being with ‘chosen families’); and ‘Intergenerational Kinship’ (learning, sharing and support across generations). Presented across the entire gallery and online, this major project seeks to foreground the way LGBTQI+ communities create alternative networks of support through various creative and resourceful means.
Shannon Michael Cane
Elmgreen & Dragset
Gavin Kirkness and the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt project
Parallel Park (Holly Bates and Tay Haggarty)
A.L. Steiner & A.K. Burns
and material from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
José Da Silva and Kelly Doley
Virtual Tour – Coming Soon
Experience the exhibition online and through VR headsets.
Forms of Being Together
This companion program provides an opportunity to expand the exhibition and consider trajectories of queer kinship — platonic, romantic, sexual and otherwise — in contemporary art and popular culture. Each week, new content will be uploaded and streamed on the website and social media channels, offering a range of live events and ephemera. They include conversations with exhibiting artists; illustrated talks on LGBTQI+ gatherings from different social and historical perspectives; artist performances and videos; a collaborative font; a ‘personal hotspots’ walking tour of Darlinghurst and Paddington; and series of ‘Picture’ zines by Australian artists and curators featuring intimate visual essays on friendship and community.
Mother Inferior: Exorcism for Healing the World
Mother Inferior from the Sisters of The Order of Perpetual Indulgence Sydney offers an exorcism and blessing for healing the world.
1988 – 2020: From Wicked Women to Club Kooky
DJ Gemma tracks Sydney’s underground lesbian and queer dance scene, remembering the nights, people and music.
ALOK: Friendship is Romance
ALOK reads their poem about friendship and practicing intimacies that challenge the value of romantic love above all other affiliations.
DJ Gemma discusses the evolution of Sydney's underground queer dance scene: from Wicked Women nights in the late 1980s to the Sex and Subculture parties of the 1990s and the institution that is Club Kooky.
Collaborative duo Parallel Park interview each other and discuss the ways intimacy, tension, care and the everyday play out in their practice.
Ella Sutherland and Sarah Rodigari discuss relationships between printed matter and queer histories, and Sutherland's works responding to the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand and lesbian magazine Wicked Women.
In Conversation: Nick Henderson & Kelly Doley
Kelly Doley and Nick Henderson, Committee Member of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) discuss the ALGA collection and the role of archives in preserving LGBTQI+ history.
Macon Reed: Eulogy for the Dyke Bar
At the centre of the exhibition is a presentation of Macon Reed’s immersive installation Eulogy for the Dyke Bar 2016. Reed’s work revisits the legacy of lesbian and dyke bars and functions as both an environment mimicking the interior of a bar and a community space for performances, conversations and socialising. It reclaims the term ‘dyke’ in its most expansive sense and recognises that gender and identities are complex and fluid. The ‘bar’ is open to anyone who has identified with the term or an experience of feminine-spectrum queerness in the past or present (or perhaps future), and/or feels an affiliation or ally-ship with dyke culture. Special programming for this space will be announced soon.
Header Image: Parallel Park (Holly Bates and Tay Haggarty) Tandem 2016. Digital photograph. Image courtesy: the artists
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