FEM-aFFINITY reveals how feminism materialises in distinctive and uncanny ways.
The exhibition presents the work of fourteen female artists, partnering seven artists from Arts Project Australia and seven independent contemporary artists. Arts Project Australia support artists with intellectual disabilities, promoting their work and advocating for their inclusion within contemporary art practice.
The 14 exhibiting artists include Fulli Andrinopoulos, Dorothy Berry, Yvette Coppersmith, Wendy Dawson, Prudence Flint, Helga Groves, Bronwyn Hack, Janelle Low, Eden Menta, Jill Orr, Lisa Reid, Heather Shimmen, Cathy Staughton and Jane Trengove. Exploring multiple mediums, such as painting, printmaking, drawing, performance and photography, the exhibition considers identity politics explored in contemporary art.
The in-depth collaborations that are at the core of this project uncover shared perspectives and celebrate difference by questioning hierarchies of practice, acknowledging diverse voices and how relationships shape the process of becoming.
Read the FEM-aFFINITY exhibition publication online PDF here or listen to an audio version of the catalogue essay below.
FEM-aFFINITY catalogue essay If Collaboration is the Method, Activism is the Intention by curator Dr Catherine Bell pp. 19-24 (read by Arts Project Australia Communications CoordinatorTahney Fosdike).
You can also take a virtual walk through the exhibition in the Bunjil Place Gallery...
Immerse yourself even deeper in FEM-aFFINITY with these exhibition events including:
Curator Walk and Talk: Catherine Bell - Sunday 7 March, 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm (Gallery)
Join FEM-aFFINITY curator Catherine Bell and a selection of exhibiting artists for a curator walk and talk of FEM-aFFINITY.
The Studio - Tuesday - Sunday, 11.00 am - 2.00 pm for the life of the exhibition (Studio)
Art making is a stimulating and inspiring experience and can be even more enjoyable when shared with others. Inspired by the buzz and energy of the Arts Project Australia studio, The Studio at FEM-aFFINITY is an opportunity for visitors to spend time enjoying art-making and creative play. Featuring a large-scale wallpaper developed by south-east Melbourne based cartoon artist Kylie Steinhardt, visitors to FEM-aFFINITY are invited to colour in the wallpaper or explore identity through portrait drawing.
Different Perspectives: Written Self-Portraits - Coming soon
Written Self-Portraits presents self-portraits of six female-identifying writers as either prose or poetry. Inspired by the themes of FEM-aFFINITY and curated by writer Laura Pettenuzzo, Written Self-Portraits is an opportunity for female-identifying writers to explore female identity through written word.
About Laura Pettenuzzo
Laura (she/her) lives on Wurundjeri country and is an avid reader and writer. She has a book blog (Laura's Adventures in Literature) and is part of Express Media's Left to Write program for 2021. Laura has been published in OzKids in Print, and Melbourne University's Antithesis. As a young woman with cerebral palsy, Laura is passionate about accessibility and is a Plain and Easy English content writer.
- Tayla Richardson - Embracing Equilibrium
- Tiarne Warner - I Want to Wake Up
- Laura Pettenuzzo - Unbroken
I am an Artist
Developed by local creative producer Julia Svaganovic, I am an Artist is a video series profiling south-east Melbourne based artists. The video series encourages no distinction between disabled and nondisabled artists by presenting them side-by-side, and demonstrates the diverse nature of artists, their individuality and affinity, while challenging perspectives of who is an artist.
About Julia Svaganovic
Julia is a geek girl, TV addict and powerchair sports athlete. She spent nine years running the Melbourne speculative fiction and pop culture convention Continuum and is delighted to have discovered all that work makes her a creative producer. In 2017 she co-founded and runs the @WeAreDisabled Twitter project and is currently the vice president of Powerchair Sports Victoria and Social Media Officer at getaboutable.com. When not off having adventures, she plays a lot of board games and grows vegetables to feed her bunnies.
Fulli Andrinopoulos / Jane Trengove
Dorothy Berry / Jill Orr
Wendy Dawson / Helga Groves
Bronwyn Hack / Heather Shimmen
Eden Menta / Janelle Low
Cathy Staughton / Prudence Flint
Lisa Reid / Yvette Coppersmith
Dr. Catherine Bell
Australian Catholic University
Eden Menta & Janelle Low
Eden and the Gorge 2019
inkjet print, ed. 1/5
100 x 80 cm
Courtesy of the artists; Eden Menta is represented by
Arts Project Australia, Melbourne
FEM-aFFINITY is a NETS Victoria and Arts Project Australia touring exhibition.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts its arts funding and advisory body, as well as receiving development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund 2018, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Tuesday to Sunday