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Looking to art and the public archive, Hitched – guest curated by Maddee Clark and Neika Lehman – reflects on the politics of queer communities since the legalisation of same sex marriage in 2017.
Wyndham Art Gallery is proud to invite Maddee Clarke and Neika Lehman to curate our Midsumma exhibition for 2019. Both Maddee and Neika are Narrm based writers who bring a fresh perspective on the marriage equality debate through their selection of artists for this exhibition.
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c. To harness, yoke; absol. ‘To harness a horse to a vehicle, make ready for driving’ ( Cent. Dict.). U.S. So hitch to (Austral.).
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In Australia on the 9th December 2017, after a period of heightened public debate, legalised coupledom in the Marriage Act 1961 was defined as ‘the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’.
Marriage is both loaded and banal. It deals with the intimate and ordinary relationships that make up our lives, and yet it is inherently political. Campaigners for the legalisation of same sex marriage might have presumed that following this amendment, a whole host of other social outcomes would follow for the queer community as a whole. So-called ‘Marriage equality’ has been offered as a pathway forward; a stage we pass through on the way through to social equality on a larger scale. How do these campaigns around state-based recognition redirect the community’s gaze?
Looking to art and the public archive, Hitched reflects on the histories and politics of queer communities and their relationship to legalised unions.
The opening for this exhibition is on Thursday, 17 Jan from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. To RSVP to the opening of HITCHED please visit our Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/198121391140546.
To learn more about the ‘Artist in Conversation #9’ event associated with this exhibition please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/236808707034572/.