The exhibition aims to celebrate the rich, diverse and sometimes untold stories. It will span five gallery spaces and feature more than 300 artworks across historical eras and cultures. Queer will be the most historically expansive thematic presentation of artworks relating to queer stories ever mounted in an Australian art institution.
Queer will illuminate the ways in which queer lives and stories have been expressed in art throughout history. Potentially invisible narratives hidden due to suppression, prejudice or discrimination will be explored and a variety of historical and contemporary subject matter addressed.
Highlight works in the exhibition include Leigh Bowery’s looks including The Metropolitan; Ponch Hawkes’ 1973 photograph No title (Two women embracing ‘Glad to be gay’); Video work ‘Atlantic Is A Sea Of Bones’ by transgender woman, artist and activist Tourmaline; Agnes Goodsir’s portrait The letter (1926) which features the artist’s muse, lover and partner of almost 30 years; Destiny Deacon’s Where’s Mickey?; and Peter Behren’s The kiss (1898), an androgynous kissing couple in the centre of an Art Nouveau composition.
The artworks throughout Queer reflect the multifaceted meaning and usage of the word ‘queer’. An expression of sexuality/gender. . . A philosophy. . . A movement. . . A sensibility. . . An attitude. Many of the artworks in the exhibition are by artists who identify as queer, while others lived in a time when such identification was not possible.
“Never has a queer thematic exhibition of this scale and nuance been staged in an Australian art institution,” NGV Director Tony Ellwood AM says. “Queer shines a light on the NGV Collection to examine and reveal the queer stories that the artworks have to tell.”
“Drawing on a broad selection of beloved and lesser-known artworks, this exhibition will present audiences with the opportunity to interpret queer concepts and stories in surprising and thought-provoking ways.”
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I work in retail at Lovisa, I’ve ranged from a casual all the way up to assistant manager, but now I’m settled part-time. Besides that, I’m always planning performances for the future, and also supporting my fellow performers. And eating. Ooft!Read more: