As a special Anniversary event, First Mardi Gras is staging 40 Years of Queer Art: Rebellion and Subversion. The exhibition showcases works by over 20 LGBTIQ artists who have created sexy, thoughtful, stylistically varied works that engage with the politics of identity, community and activism.
The works range across painting, drawing, prints, posters, photography and multimedia. The exhibition highlights the role of queer artists in changing societal attitudes, subverting the politics around LGBTIQ and contributing to queer culture.
Art works featured include those by renowned photographers such as William Yang and C. Moore Hardy and contemporary artists such as Kim Leutwyler and Tina Fiveash. There is the opportunity to see works by artists David McDiarmid and Frances Phoenix, who contributed to the first Mardi Gras exhibition at Watters Gallery in Sydney in 1978; as well as to be introduced to lesser-known, later generations of queer artists. A number of the works will be available for purchase.
The exhibition also includes rarely seen photographs, posters and imagery from the 1970s and 1980s reflecting the fight for LGBTIQ rights, including the first Mardi Gras.
The exhibition has been curated by artists who participated in the first Mardi Gras.
Opening night: 6.00pm - 8.00pm Wednesday, 21st February 2018, canapes and drinks served. RSVP to email@example.com
Season: 22nd February 2018 - 8th March 2018, 11.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Comber St Studios, 5 Comber St, Paddington