HERE&NOW20: Perfectly Queer

29 August – 5 December 2020

HERE&NOW20 focuses on the practice of queer artists in Western Australia. The annual HERE&NOW exhibition showcases some of the most exciting and innovative work in WA, curated each year by an emerging curator appointed to offer fresh perspective and insight on contemporary art practice.

This year Brent Harrison examines how artists draw on histories and their own lived experiences to create artworks that reflect on what it means to be queer. The exhibition features new work by artists Benjamin Bannan, Nathan Beard, Janet Carter, Lill Colgan, Jo Darbyshire, Brontë Jones, Andrew Nicholls and Colin Smith.

The artists in HERE&NOW20 use their work as a means to problematise binaries, to explore sites of desire and to provide safe spaces for communities. The exhibition aims to dismantle dominant heteronormative narratives by encouraging intergenerational dialogues that highlight the continued resistance of queer culture.

HERE&NOW20 has been supported by the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture Industries and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Image: Benjamin Bannan, Salvation Rainbow (detail), 2020, etched aluminium and two-pack enamel paint, 320 x 180 x 5cm, courtesy of the artist. 

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