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An Introduction to Dream Variations

Curator Kelly Dezart-Smith talks into a microphone. They are standing next a stack of A3 size paper, the height of the paper stack goes above their knee.
Murray Art Museum Albury

Curator Kelly Dezart-Smith introduces their exhibition Dream Variations, an exhibition in poem, that aims to hold a conversation about about bla(c)k creativity and self-determination. You will hear from Kelly Dezart-Smith (Curator), Olivia Oluwayemi Suleimon (Filmmaker) and local resident and artist Naomi Impa Musemu.

About the Curator:
Kelly Dezart-Smith is a curator, creative producer, and writer living on Gadigal Country. They work across contemporary art, performance, visual culture and nightlife. They are a Parallel Curatorial Fellow and producer at the Sydney Opera House. They previously held a curatorial producer role at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. They have contributed to Archer Magazine, SF Bay Guardian, and SFMOMA’s Open Space and co-edited 4U MAG. Their practice is dedicated to structural change and centring the stories and cultures of communities systematically marginalized to advance social justice.

Dream Variations is commissioned as part of the curatorial program Parallel Structures (2023-2024), led by Verónica Tello (UNSW Art & Design) and Salote Tawale (Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney) in collaboration with the Murray Art Museum Albury. The exhibition design for Parallel Structures is led by Ying-Lan Dann, RMIT Interior Design, in dialogue with Parallel and the Murray Art Museum Albury. Parallel Structures is the exhibition outcome of the Australian Research Council project Parallel. For more information, please visit With thanks to the Parallel Advisory Network, Runway Journal, the Australian Research Council, Create NSW, Creative Australia, and the School of Art & Design, University of New South Wales, for their generous support.

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