Figuring Ground

Figuring Ground is a major survey exhibition of artwork from LGBTQ+ artists from across the nation, curated by queer artist and curator Abbra Kotlarczyk.

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Figuring Ground is a major survey exhibition of artwork from queer artists, developed through community consultation and curated by queer artist and curator, Abbra Kotlarczyk, originally from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.

This exhibition brings the diverse experiences of 17 LGBTQIA+ artists from across Australia presents a broad range of practice across video, sculpture, painting, photography and performance to regional audiences in the Clarence Valley.

Figuring Ground explores where and how we stand as queer, constituted beings on vibrant and unstable ground. In challenging and upending framings of the classical western convention of the figure/ground relationship, this exhibition aims to present nuanced insight into how contemporary LGBTQIA+ artists proceed to collapse and expand upon traditional self/world binaries through their work. In casting a rich net of figure/ground relationships through diverse artforms including photography, sculpture, installation, video, painting, sound, poetry and live performance art, this exhibition aims to invite audiences into intimate processes of queer worldmaking. Where LGBTQIA+ communities, and particularly artists, have been at the forefront of imagining other worlds and ways of being in the face of systemic oppression and discrimination, Figuring Ground aims to bolster this creative energy in the face of surmounting climatic, racial and social instability by asking the question: where and how do we stand?

The artists whose artworks are featured in Figuring Ground are: Benjamin Bannan, Archie Barry, Nathan Beard, Kate Bohunnis, Jesse Boyd-Reid, Léuli Eshraghi, Briony Galligan, D Harding, Spencer Lai, Rafaella McDonald, Jazz Money, SJ Norman, Mira Oosterweghel, Amy Parker, Charlie Sofo, Benjamin Woods and William Yang.

CONTENT WARNING: This exhibition contains graphic and sensitive imagery that may be inappropriate for young children.

Click here to view the exhibition catalogue.

This exhibition is on view from 1 July - 3 September 2023

Image credit for Slider, Homepage square and Above: Designed by Red Alfalfa Graphic Design with Abbra Kotlarcyzk, Exhibition Curator.

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This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW                                                                                        

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