Illustrated Talk: First Nations photography, the MAMA Collection and Destiny Deacon

When: Thursday 21 October, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Where: Chick Miller Gallery, MAMA

Price: FREE

In celebration of MAMA’s recent acquisition and exhibition of Destiny Deacon’s 2001 series Forced Into Images, curator Michael Moran will present an illustrated introduction to First Nation’s photographic practice in Australia, including key works from the MAMA collection.

Incorporating the establishment of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative in 1987 in Redfern, the talk will link artists including Michael Riley, Brenda L. Croft, and Tracey Moffatt, providing a context for us to consider Deacon’s work.

Since the 1990s, Deacon's work has been primarily involved with performative photography, exploring Indigenous identity with often provocative and humorous imagery that mocks and satirises clichéd and racist stereotypes. Partly autobiographical and partly fictitious, Deacon’s work is an insightful comedy that is effective in establishing a discourse about political, Indigenous and feminist concerns. Deacon is an artist, performer and political activist and has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. Most recently, the largest retrospective of her work to date, DESTINY was held at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2020-2021).

Destiny Deacon is a descendant of the KuKu (Far North Queensland) and Erub/Mer (Torres Strait) people.

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