Lamp For Mary

Art, Sculpture and installations Surry Hills
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Lamp For Mary
Photograph: Richard Glover
Mikala Dwyer 'A Lamp for Mary', 2011

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.”

By: Dee Jefferson

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Venue name: Lamp For Mary
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Address: Mary’s Place
Surry Hills
2010
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