First Nations dialogues on sexualityPresented by Incinerator Gallery in association with Midsumma Festival
Midsumma partners with the Incinerator Gallery to bring you a decolonised perspective on queerness.
Queer Indigenous history is alive, and it is written on our bodies. Black Magic features works by queer, trans, gender diverse and sistergirl/brotherboy Indigenous artists. The artists explore themes of shame and sex, morality and eroticism, the history of Christianisation, and embodied sovereignty. Where mainstream LGBT culture excludes the voices of the queer, trans and sistergirl/brotherboy First Nations, we speak back. Artists in Black Magic interrogate the colonial construction of Indigenous peoples as savage, silent and straight. We aim to explore the impact of Christian white sensibility on sexual politics in Australia and tell our own stories in response.
Black Magic refers both to the stigmatised and derogatory constructions of First Nations sexualities as demonic, devilish, and immoral, as well as the unique abilities of the LGBT and sistergirl/brotherboy First Nations to resist and create. Eroticism, Indigenous bodies, and humour are presented as sites of resilience, vibrancy, and sovereignty.
The exhibition features works by Peter Waples-Crowe, Dianne Jones, Kent Monkman, Todd Fernando, Neika Lehman, and Jeremy Anderson, artists who work in jewellery, installation, video, photography, painting and self-portraiture. Black Magic is curated by Maddee Clark.
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Queer Aboriginal voices are loud and proud in Black Magic
Also see First Nations Pride, a vital talks event associated with the Black Magic exhibition which unpacks the effects of colonisation on Indigenous bodies with curator, Maddee Clark, in conversation with Laniyuk Garcon (featured 'Colouring the Rainbow' author) and Black Magic artists.Adult content (which might include Nudity, Sex scenes, Trigger warnings, Coarse language); Sex scenes; Extremely coarse language