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Friendship as a Way of Life

8 May - 21 November 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD, PADDINGTON NSW 2021
‘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

Location: UNSW Galleries, Cnr of Greens Road and Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10AM - 5PM 
Exhibition dates: May 8 - 21 November 2020

More information on the exhibition and public programs
 



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

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.
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3 Jun Past event
​​​​​​​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 Past event
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.
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2 Jul Past event
Reflecting on the public dimension of private experience, exhibiting artist Nikos Pantazopoulos discusses his practice with curator Madé Spencer-Castle. Together they will unpack two bodies of work that document private spaces in the public domain where ideas of self-reflection, desire, intimacy and hedonism converge.
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16 Jul Past event
Exhibiting artist Frances Barrett discusses her practice with UNSW Galleries Deputy Director, Kelly Doley. As long-time collaborators, Barrett and Doley will reflect on the role of collaborative networks, co-authorship, friendship and queer support structures when creating work.
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30 Jul Past event
Join leather historian Timothy Roberts for an illustrated talk on the politics, culture and histories of motor clubs in Australia.
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6 Aug Past event
Exhibiting artist Helen Grace discusses her photographic and video practice with UNSW Galleries Director José Da Silva.
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3 Sep Past event
Dani Marti uses the body as a central subject in his work, exploring ideas of vulnerability, exchange, intimacy and pleasure. Together with UNSW Galleries Director José Da Silva, Marti discusses his practice across video and painting.
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17 Sep Past event
Join Dr Kerryn Drysdale and Dr Sophie Robinson for the first of two talks traversing the rise, decline and transformation of lesbian and queer social scenes.
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24 Sep Past event
Join Dr Kerryn Drysdale and Dr Sophie Robinson for the second of two talks traversing the rise, decline and transformation of lesbian and queer social scenes.
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1 Oct Past event
Queers have made, found, and moved through digital spaces for as long as they've existed. Digital media scholar Paul Byron talks Tumblr, TikTok and more, discussing how queer digital spaces are made and remade through friendship and peer support, and why we might go there (or not). 
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15 Oct Past event
Advocating for the importance of QPOC (Queer People of Colour) party spaces, DJ Sezzo reflects on the ideas and intentions behind her experiential club nights including Ngāti Kangaru and Precog, whilst positioning these sites and events in the context of contemporary expressions of culture and identity.
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22 Oct Past event
Join Daniel Marshall for a talk about the ways we try to connect to the queer past.