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A pair of hands are clasped around a bunch of dried native Australian flowers. There is a red piece of cloth tied tight around the wrists, red nail polish, and a ring on the right ring finger.
A pair of hands are clasped around a bunch of dried native Australian flowers. There is a red piece of cloth tied tight around the wrists, red nail polish, and a ring on the right ring finger.

Hitched

Curated by Maddee Clark and Neika Lehman
Presented by: Wyndham City Council
 
17 Jan – 10 Feb
Opening:
Thu 17 Jan 6.30pm
Exhibition
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat - Sun 11am - 4pm
Wyndham Art Gallery, 177 Watton St, Werribee

Wyndham Art Gallery is proud to invite Maddee Clarke and Neika Lehman to curate our Midsumma exhibition for 2019. Both Maddee and Neika are Narrm based writers who bring a fresh perspective on the marriage equality debate through their selection of artists for this exhibition.

Hitched is open daily from 17 January, with the official opening at 6.30pm on 17 January.

Definitions:
a. intr. To shift one's position a little; to move with a jerk or succession of jerks.
I. To move jerkily. 1. a. trans. To move (anything) as with a jerk, or in an abrupt or discontinuous manner; to shift (a thing) a little away or aside
c. To harness, yoke; absol. 'To harness a horse to a vehicle, make ready for driving' ( Cent. Dict.). U.S. So hitch to (Austral.).
6. intr. To become fastened or caught, esp. by hooking on; to be caught or stopped by some obstruction; to catch on something. Also fig.

In Australia on 9 December 2017, after a period of heightened public debate, legalised coupledom in the Marriage Act 1961 was defined as 'the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life'.

Looking to art and the public archive, Hitched reflects on the histories and politics of queer communities and their relationship to legalised unions.

Marriage is both loaded and banal. It deals with the intimate and ordinary relationships that make up our lives, and yet it is inherently political. Campaigners for the legalisation of same sex marriage might have presumed that following this amendment, a whole host of other social outcomes would follow for the queer community as a whole. So-called 'Marriage equality' has been offered as a pathway forward; a stage we pass through on the way through to social equality on a larger scale. How do these campaigns around state-based recognition redirect the community's gaze?


www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/arts
Image: Neika Lehman and Maddee Clark

Wheelchair access Food available Bar available 

When

17 Jan – 10 Feb
Opening:
Thu 17 Jan 6.30pm
Exhibition
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat - Sun 11am - 4pm
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No session
 
Session
 
Cancelled

Price

FREE

Where

Wyndham Art Gallery
177 Watton St, Werribee
Map - West
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