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Friendship as a Way of Life

8 May - 21 November 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
Paddington
‘Friendship as a Way of Life’ brings together more than 20 artists and collaborative groups to explore queer kinship and forms of being together.

 

‘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.

Artists
ALOK
Mark Aguhar
Frances Barrett
Shannon Michael Cane
Elmgreen & Dragset
DJ Gemma
Camilo Godoy
Helen Grace
Gavin Kirkness and the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt project
Dani Marti
Parallel Park (Holly Bates and Tay Haggarty)
Nikos Pantazopoulos
Macon Reed
A.L. Steiner & A.K. Burns
Ella Sutherland
and material from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives

Curators
José Da Silva and Kelly Doley
 


More information on the online program
 


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.

To reach staff during this time, please contact unswgalleries@unsw.edu.au 


Image: Parallel Park (Holly Bates and Tay Haggarty) Tandem 2016. Digital photograph. Image courtesy: the artists

Events

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3 Jun 5:30pm 6:30pm
​​​​​​​Join artists Ella Sutherland and Sarah Rodigari, discussing the relationship between printed matter and queer histories. With a focus on Sutherland's practice, together they will explore the pressure to produce, legibility when transmuting experiences onto a page and what happens when materials enter an archive.
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18 Jun 5:30pm 6:15pm
Nick Henderson, ​Committee Member of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA), will be in conversation with UNSW Galleries Deputy Director, Kelly Doley to offer insights into the ALGA collection and the role of the archives in preserving LGBTIQ+ history.

Past Events

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28 May Past event
Holly Bates and Tay Haggarty form the collaborative duo, Parallel Park. Together they will discuss their practice and the ways intimacy, tension, care and the everyday play out in their work.