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Putting identity in the dead centre

Tuesday, 23 August 2016


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

Dead Centreaims to contextualise a group of artistic voices from around the country that explore and celebrate marginalised identities in the broader spectrum of a multicultural society. 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.

Mr Abdullah said, “The project was inspired by the current political climate that normalises divisive and misleading rhetoric about cultural diversity in Australia. It also explores photography and the moving image as a visual format that gives a documentary nature to the ideas being expressed.”

Dead Centre articulates the problematic expectations of the individual in finding their place in a social landscape characterised by simplistic and divisive assumptions.

Ms Richardson continues, “We hope that audiences will be exposed to the practices of a group of Australian artists whose work reflects on the diversity of Australian identity. Allowing a platform that voices different outlooks is important in understanding the impact of politicised issues on individual human beings.”

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.

Artists - Tony Albert (NSW), Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Olga Cironis (WA), Barbara Cleveland Institute (NSW), Nathan Beard (WA), Megan Cope (VIC), Liam Colgan (WA), Thea Costantino (WA), Léuli Eshraghi (VIC) and Angela Tiatia (NSW)

Event details

The Dead Centre exhibitions run from Saturday, 24 September until Saturday, 1 October 2016 at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening event

To be officially opened by Clothilde Bullen, Independent Curator and Assistant Producer, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.
Date: Friday, 23 September 2016
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm - 5.00pm


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