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VERS: On Pleasures, Embodiment, Kinships, Fugitivity and Re/Organising

Dates:
17–18 June 2022

Location: 
Samstag Museum of Art and ACE Open, Kaurna Yarta/Adelaide

Attendants:
Angela Bailey, Virginia Barratt, Troy-Anthony Bayliss, Tyson Campbell, Simona Castricum, Debris Facility, Brian Fuata, Kyra Kum-Sing, Neika Lehman, Liz Martin, Jazz Money, Bhenji Ra, Nikki Sullivan, Emma Webb and more to be announced.

Curatorial Panel:
Frances Barrett (artist and lecturer, UniSA), Archie Barry (interdisciplinary artist), Maddee Clark (Yugambeh writer, editor and curator), Dr Léuli Eshrāghi (artist, curator and researcher), Jeff Khan (curator and director of Performance Space, Sydney) and Melissa Ratliff (Curator Research, MUMA).

VERS: On Pleasures, Embodiment, Kinships, Fugitivity and Re/Organising is a two-day, live event centred on conversation and creative practice that privileges queer ways of being. Short for ‘versatility’, it asks: is VERS a demand placed on us, an exhausting mode required for meeting expectations of productivity? Or is it a modality that opens towards new capacities for surviving and growing pleasure in our work?

VERS was developed by a curatorial panel consisting of Frances Barrett, Archie Barry, Maddee Clark, Léuli Eshrāghi, Jeff Khan and Melissa Ratliff, and emerges as a response to their collective discussions and deliberation on queer artistic and curatorial practices. A group of ‘attendants’, including arts workers, artists, curators and thinkers from across Australia, have been invited to come together in conversation to reflect on these questions and how their own practices might touch, expand or refute the proposition.

Accompanying the rolling conversation held over the course of an afternoon, short performances and readings will open, close and interrupt the event. VERS takes place in Kaurna Yarta/Adelaide across two venues—Samstag Museum of Art and ACE Open—and will be recorded for podcast access.

VERS identity: Hana Shimada

Acknowledgements:

Commissioned by Monash University Museum of Art, Narrm/Melbourne, and presented onsite and in association with Samstag Museum of Art and ACE Open, Kaurna Yarta/Adelaide

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