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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.
Just opened! Activate,animate, complicate, grow: what new acquisitions can do to and for the collection showcases 22 artworks recently acquired by the University of Melbourne in dialogue with existing works from the collection. Presented as individual ‘case studies’, the relationships between works demonstrate the ways that new additions breathe life into permanent collections.rn
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