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Tony Albert / Abdul Abdullah / Olga Cironis / Barbara Cleveland Institute / Nathan Beard / Megan Cope / Liam Colgan / Thea Costantino / Léuli Eshraghi / Angela Tiatia

Dead Centre is a group exhibition curated by Anna Louise Richardson and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah for Spectrum Project Space.

To be officially opened by Clothilde Bullen, Independent Curator and Assistant Producer, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company on Friday, 23 September 6.00 - 8.00pm.

Exhibition runs 24th September - 1 October.
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"I'm not on the outside looking in, I'm not on the inside looking out, I'm in the dead fucking centre, looking around." - Kendrick Lamar

This exhibition has brought together a selection of artists from around Australia whose practices draw on the physicality of the human body to explore the intersection of individuality and the broader constructs of power as a symptom of stratified cultural capital.

Exploiting the documentary nature of photography and the moving image, each of these artists has foregrounded the body as protagonist in a personal drama that defines shared experiences of marginalisation, inseparable from them as practitioners and human beings. Dead Centre articulates the problematic expectations of the individual in finding their place in a social landscape characterised by simplistic and divisive assumptions.

Decolonising the liminal spaces of gender, ethnicity, as well as sexual and cultural identity demands access to individual stories that reclaim the power to define themselves from within.

Through acts of obfuscation, resistance, vulnerability and embracing the absurd, each of these artists reveal a very real, physical stake in claiming visibility against a prescribed sense of Australian normalcy. While the body remains the root vehicle it is the layering decisions of flesh, masking, vestments, action and language that take the works in nuanced and specific directions.
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This exhibition has been supported by The Australian Artists' Grant.

The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.
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