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Walk & don’t look blak is comprised of approximately fifty artworks made after 1990 by Destiny Deacon, one of Australia’s most renowned artists. The exhibition includes major video, performance, and installation pieces, as well as two key photographic series Forced into images (2001), and Postcards from Mummy (1998), which both featured at Documenta 11 in 2002.
Using wit and irony to convey personal and political messages about racial stereotypes, Deacon confronts themes of intimacy, danger, freedom, and incarceration. She uses ‘blak’ humour—a term coined by the artist herself—to challenge clichés associated with Aboriginality in Australia.
A major publication on the artist accompanies the exhibition and includes text by: Richard Bell, Brenda L Croft, Natalie King, Marcia Langton, Hettie Perkins, Djon Mundine, and Lisa Reihana, and an interview with Destiny Deacon by Virginia Fraser.
Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Coming soon, opening 6 December 2014