PROJECT SPACE | DYLAN MOONEY | Queer, Blak, & Here11 June 2022 — 31 July 2022
Dylan Mooney, It’s Just Us, 2021. Courtesy of the Artist and N.Smith Gallery, Gadigal Country / Sydney.
Hosted during Naomi Hobson’s solo exhibition, Adolescent Wonderland, in Cement Fondu’s main gallery, our Project Space presents a complimentary solo presentation by Yuwi, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander artist Dylan Mooney. The exhibition will present works from his series Queer, Blak & Here, courtesy of N.Smith Gallery.
‘The Indigenous and LGBTQI+ communities are resilient peoples that are thriving and growing. Through so much adversity, we have overcome all the obstacles that have been thrown at us, and we will keep empowering each other and grow in strength for a better future for us.’
– Dylan Mooney
In Dylan’s Queer, Blak & Here series, seven large-format digital portraits focus on love in queer communities, deftly illustrating issues affecting Mooney’s lived experience in ways that are poignant and very much of our moment. Here, the artist narrates his personal experience as a proud queer Indigenous man. Subjects stand proudly and defiantly, gazing out at the viewer.
Dylan is among artists who are rethinking digital technologies and artistic practices to consider contemporary issues around identity, desire and representation. Interested in the ways in which we can reframe the conversation around some of the voices that have been left out, the artist has made an important body of work that embodies a shift in representation of queer love among people of colour.
This blending of digital technology and social commentary is a uniting of the artist’s sense of optimism – pride within the works exude with profoundness and substance.
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