Art & Design

See Destiny Deacon’s First Solo Show In 15 Years At The NGV This July

By Rick Stephens
10th Jun 2020

Three people holding a doll that's dressed the colours of the Aboriginal flag.

Following the NGV announcing its reopening in late June, Melbourne’s culture vultures can splendour in the news that the Ian Potter Centre will host Destiny Deacon’s first solo show in over 15 years. 

The show, titled DESTINY, will be Deacon’s largest retrospective to date, with over 100 multi-disciplinary works created over three decades, set to challenge audiences with her nuanced—yet stark—commentary on Australian life, politics and the disparagement of cultures within our country.

The retrospective will feature works across photography, video, sculpture, and installation from various points from Deacon’s career, along with new commissions from the NGV and the premiere of her collaboration with artist, writer, curator and friend Virginia Fraser.

Deacon, a descendant of the Kuku and Erub/Mer people from Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, is renowned for inciting conversation that many shy away from through a mix of parody, tragedy and humour found within Australia’s diverse, and sometimes difficult history. DESTINY intends to explore her methods and contribution to our cultural and artistic landscape.

DESTINY will show from Friday 24 July at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Entry is free, as are guided tours at 11:30am on Wednesdays and Sundays. 

Image credit: supplied. 

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