Dead Centre Exhibition
Whilst the product that Galleries and Performing Arts Centres deal with may be different, the mechanisms by which we operate and the issues that we both face, audience development, community engagement, marketing and presenting knowledge, are shared by all sectors.
In the current climate we must cross sectors to ensure that we all can grow. In the community and the sectors, the line between performing arts and the visual arts/exhibitions is blurring, as is the definition of what a gallery or a performing arts space is. It is only by working together and supporting each other that the arts and culture sector will succeed.
To this end Showcase has programmed the Dead Centre exhibition as an integral part of the event - and which will also be open the public. This exhibition was chosen not only for its excellence but because of its unique relevance to the themes of the Showcase and the way in which it asks us to look at the world.
Dead Centre is a group exhibition curated by Anna Louise Richardson and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah that aims to articulate the problematic expectations on the individual in finding their place in a social landscape characterised by simplistic and divisive assumptions.
The exhibition aims to contextualise a group of artistic voices from around the country that explores and celebrate marginalised identities in the broader spectrum of a multicultural society. The exhibition looks at what is in your sphere – right in front of you, and how the rest is about perception. Drawing on the experiences of artists connected to different communities including Aboriginal, Polynesian, Persian, Thai, Greek, Italian, Malay, LGBQTI and Muslim, the exhibition offers a point of access to individual outlooks that contribute and enrich the Australian social landscape.
“Dead Centre is the inverse of the rest of us. It takes you into ten different worlds in which the artists’ own experiences occupy centre stage.” – Curator, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Dead Centre will be exhibited in the Subiaco Arts Centre Gallery. See more here.