QUEER BECOMING(s) | Kieran Butler + Anna DunnillPresented by BLINDSIDE
At BLINDSIDE, two independent artists create new bodies of work for Midsumma Festival 2018. Kieran Butler investigates the way photography intersects LGBTQIA+ personal histories and Anna Dunnill develops new rituals to reconcile queerness and spirituality, through textile, ceramic, performance and tattoo.
A project by Kieran Butler in collaboration with Sabella D'Souza, Dileepa Dayananda, Samuel Beatty & Matt Varnay, Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls is an exhibition about the way photography intersects LGBTQIA+ personal histories. Trans-gender studies is applied as a framework – specifically practices and philosophies of drag – for understanding contemporary photographic practice and the ways photography and gender can be performed. Paralleling the personal histories of five LGBTQIA+ individuals, histories of photography and histories of drag, Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls aims to highlight the inequalities that exist within these respective discourses, and to contribute to a recalibration of cis-homo/hetero-normative social constructs.
Skin Rituals by Anna Dunnill seeks to create a bodily space in which queerness and religious ritual can co-exist. In this work, the skin surface - embodied through linen and clay, as well as physical performance - is understood to hold accumulated layers of experience and identity. Through piercing, scrubbing and imprinting these surfaces, they are deliberately re-inscribed with new meanings.
BLINDSIDE is a contemporary art space that supports a thriving arts community of emerging and established artists from Melbourne and beyond, providing professional development for emerging artists, curators and writers; fostering exchanges between local and interstate artists; and profiling practices and voices underrepresented in mainstream art spaces.
Kieran Butler, And they, Sugar Boi, came out from a day dream (gurl-boi-burl-goi), 2017, detail, Twin size doona cover, digital print on silk. 180 x 210cm.