NOVEMBER AT VERGE
Opening November 2, 6pm-8pm
Continuing to December 2
PUBLIC PROGRAMS ::
+ Artist and curator introduction, November 2, 5:30pm-6pm
+ Open Mic night :: To the inclusion of all others, November 15, 5:30pm-7:30pm
+ Discussion :: Geometric Asylum, December 2, 1pm-3pm
Gallery 1 :: To the inclusion of all others
Amira Hajar, Christine Dean, Del Lumanta, Harry Pickering, Jeremy Anderson, Joe Brennan, Jonno Revanche, Katherine Corcoran, Leila el Rayes, Leena Riethmuller, Peter Waples Crowe, Shareeka Helaluddin, Tarik Ahlip, and Tyza Stewart. Coordinated by Nina Dodd and Jonno Revanche.
To the inclusion of all others uses the postal survey on marriage equality as an entrance point for reflection and invites artists to consider queer community beyond traditional rituals and behaviours, sparking conversation around the celestiality and potency of sexuality, gender, local history and social commentary. Remixing and reconsidering these norms, artists will reference ceremonies, trinkets, sentimental items and other subtleties as a way to mediate on the ways we sustain each other in the wake of danger and delegitimisation. A number of public programs will run alongside the exhibition, including an open mic night and community care picnic, providing the opportunity to further unpack a nuanced conversation around queer and trans bodies in the wake of political attack.
Gallery 2 :: Geometric Asylum
Geometric Asylum presents a series of sculpture and installation works that explore relationships between space, power and control. Hostile architectures, deterrent physical forms and automated kinetic systems are strategically deployed to place limitations on movement within the gallery space. This establishes a spatial politic that challenges the viewers right to space and subjective agency to reflect upon similar incidences of human exclusion and spatial inequity manifesting in the built environment. Cumulatively, this exhibition examines the shifting definitions of pestilence, otherness and belonging that are produced by the structural violence of neoliberalism as it is encoded in forms that feature in our streets, parks and public spaces.