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Lamp For Mary

  • Art
  • Surry Hills
Lamp with text on wall
Photograph: Richard GloverMikala Dwyer 'A Lamp for Mary', 2011

Time Out Says

This installation by Sydney artist Mikala Dwyer reclaims space for women and queer people threatened by homophobic violence; specifically, it reclaims a site where an act of violence occurred 14 years earlier. Now a pink lamp lights the laneway (which runs alongside the Beresford Hotel) and a ribbon of text runs along the wall. Developed by poet and anthropology professor Michael Taussig in consultation with members of the local community, it reads: “This is a lane with a name and a lamp in memory of the woman who survived being beaten and raped here. She happened to be lesbian. When the sun sets this lamp keeps vigil along with you who read this in silent meditation.”

Written by
Dee Jefferson


Mary’s Place
Surry Hills
Surry Hills
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