Event Name Deborah Kelly: No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory) + Venus Variations
Start Date 2 Oct 2015
End Date 8 Nov 2015
Duration 38 days

Kelly's recent and ongoing work is a sustained investigation of two entwined threads of collaborative practice: a voluntary one in exchange with the unruly and unpredictable throng of complex living people gathered around the No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) project; the other a unilateral collaboration with the dead white male painters of the western canon, as encountered in discarded art history books.
These two bodies of work will come together showcasing Venus Variations for the first time. Kelly began this new body of work on her Albury Art Prize residency in New York and Germany. 

In its presentation for the first time, Kelly questions the works as finished gallery pieces or preliminary musings on the historical representation of supine female nudity gathered under the theme of Venus.

The Venus Variations takes as its catalyst the (in all our glory) portrait of Julia Featherstone, whose brave stands for human nakedness is celebrated using representations of nudity across thousands of years of art.

Created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), the work comprises 20 life-sized photographic portraits realised through ongoing discussion, exchange and art making between the artist, the subjects and public participants. 

The collaboration centres upon the nude photographic portraits of individuals who were intricately involved in the process. 

These raw and unornamented portraits developed over time as workshop participants added layers of archival and contemporary imagery specific to the subjects' interests, attributes and vision, conveyed to the ensemble (through written, online or personal communications) by the portrait subjects themselves.

For the better part of the last three decades, Kelly has created a prolific body of mixed-media artworks that are at once unexpected, humorous, provocative, egalitarian, challenging and profound. Often politically motivated, her artworks explore ideas of discrimination in all its manifestations, highlighting racial, sexual and religious prejudices that exist in society today.

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