This Mess We’re In

13 October–2 November 2018
Old Customs House
Curated by Tarsh Bates

This Mess We’re In entangles queer feminist ecologies with Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s seminal exploration of life creation and re-formation. The artworks pick at the stitches of life and technology, emerging, resist, reform and respond to the biotechnologisation of life. They reveal the messiness of life and technology, our mess-mates and the messes we are in because of our manipulations. They also explore the political, ethical and material affordances of this mess for re-configuring, trans-animating, per-forming and de-colonising. The exhibition forms a unique ecology of queer feminist perspectives on Shelley’s legacy.

Confirmed artists: Abhishek Hazra, Ai Hasegawa, Alicia King, Alize Zorlutuna, Cat Jones, Helah Milroy, Helen Pynor, JJ Hastings, Karen Casey, Kathy High, Kirsten Hudson, Lindsay Kelley, Mary Maggic, Mike Bianco, Pony Express, Rachel Mayeri, Sarah Hermanutz, Shelley Jackson, Špela Petrič, Svenja Kratz, Sue Hauri-Downing, Tarsh Bates and WhiteFeather Hunter.









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