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FEATURE STORY NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020

Australia’s queer history uncovered

LAETITIA WILSON

Artist and academic Drew Pettifer brings a considered and sensitive approach to the shocking treatment of two young men left to die on separate islands in 1727 after their ‘sin of sodomy.’

Lost Eden in Dwellingup

 
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Head south for a new art experience at Lost Eden Creative in the picturesque town of Dwellingup. PREMIUM: Subscribers only

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♦ Art museum, Europe. Photo Adrianna Calvo, Pexels.

A new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests engagement with the arts could have protective influences on life expectancy. PREMIUM: Subscribers only

IN THE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 EDITION

In this edition we feature the stunningly beautiful exhibition A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk by Drew Pettifer at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Laetitia Wilson reviews this sensitive, considered and thought-provoking show, as Pettifer brings voice to two young men expelled to separate islands following their ‘sin of sodomy’ in 1727 on Gun Island, part of the remote Abrolhos Archipelago. Through the exhibition we are privy to journals outlining their ‘sin,’ and their subsequent cruel punishment, experience the vastness of the sea which separated them through a single channel video installation, and wonder at their innocent youth through video portraits of two unclothed men bearing the same surnames as the Dutch sailors.
We headed south to Dwellingup to find Lost Eden Creative, a cultural gem in the South West. Consisting of a gallery, accommodation and artist residency, head down there for a country welcome and curated exhibitions in the thoughtfully renovated space.
We report on a new initiative at Mossenson Galleries to help artists through the financial shadow of the pandemic. Six artists have been selected for SIX: 2020, each receiving $1000 for materials to create new works of their choice for an exhibition without commission on sales.
We visited Here&Now20: Perfectly Queer, also at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. The exhibition is the first to feature the work of local queer artists in a WA institution in over 20 years.
We also visited Robertson Park Artist Studio, now celebrating 20 years of operation with an exhibition at Stala Contemporary in West Perth.              
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Lyn Di Ciero, Editor

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Gerri's View

Harry’s painting my portrait – he’s got a new style from an art book. I read it, but can’t follow it – I just hope he gets a good likeness !
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