Drew Pettifer

A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk

29 August – 5 December 2020



A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk derives from a broader investigation within Drew Pettifer's work to unearth hidden queer histories through archival art practices.


The exhibition focuses on the first recorded moment in (European) queer history in Australia: a sodomy trial following the wreck of the Dutch ship the Zeewijk in 1727 where two young men were sentenced to death by marooning.


Through photographs, video, audio and installation, this exhibition recontextualises social histories to help us rethink our present.


A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk is curated by Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Director, Professor Ted Snell CitWA. It has been supported by Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Australia Council for the Arts, Kingdom of the Netherlands, RMIT University and the City of Melbourne.


Image: Drew Pettifer, Untitled (Half-Moon Reef #2) (detail), 2019, chromogenic print, 30 x 45 cm, courtesy the artist.

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