Destiny Deacon – Walk & don’t look blak

Apr 29 — Jun 11, 2006

Destiny Deacon: Walk & don’t look blak is the first survey by this leading Australian Indigenous artist to be shown in Japan. Deacon’s international profile includes participating in the Yokohama Triennale of Contemporary Art, 2001, Documenta 11, Kassel (Germany, 2002) and Walk & don’t look blak spans fifteen years of Deacon’s career and highlights photographic, video and installation works that have established her in the Australian and international art worlds.

Deacon creates uncanny, beautiful, frightening and funny vignettes of contemporary life from her domestic surrounds. For many years, she has photographed her family and friends in staged scenarios augmented by props and costumes. Recurrent themes include landscape, portraiture, narrative and phantasmagoria. Deacon often incorporates her ‘Aboriginalia’ and black ‘dollie’ collections to illustrate these concerns. Dolls are given personality and life within melodramatic arrangements and Deacon’s trademark ‘blak’ humour.

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