Queerantine in the Flesh at ACMI
As Melbourne shut its doors and went into lockdown last year, Midsumma Festival commissioned ten LGBTQIA+ artists to creatively respond to living in an era of quarantine.
Originally presented online, those artworks are now going live in a special exhibition event in the Swinburne Studio at the newly revamped ACMI museum of screen culture. Running from April 23-26, the event will include artist talks, panel discussions and live performances throughout the four days.
Works include Lian Beveridge’s series of watercolour portraits examining the daily life of queers in lockdown, Frances Cannon’s illustrations about the challenges of love in lockdown, video artist Logan Mucha’s series of stereoscopic portraits, and Simon Welsh’s multi-layered bricolage images focusing on Covid-19, queerness and LGBTQIA+ rights
There’s also director Mark Salvestro’s short comedy film about regional and rural experiences of coming out, Susannah Thomas’s short film work exploring ideas of isolation, dating, queerness and rural life, and Glynn Urquhart’s animated short depicting abstract concepts surrounding queerness, mental health, community, intimacy and physical distance.
Elsewhere there’s a mixed media audio-visual performance of queer club culture and connection via Kombumerri saltwater man salllvage (Rowan Savage), while self-described “young brown queercrip” Patrick Gunasekera provides a collection of memoirs in essay form.
Comedian and burlesque artist Nikki Viveca will present a performance that combines spoken word, poetry and music. Viveca will also be presenting a series of live salons on April 24 as part of the exhibition, and there will be a pair of Q&A panels across the weekend where the artists will discuss their works and how they operate as queer artists living, working, playing and creating during Covid-19.
For more information, times and to book tickets, visit ACMI.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with ACMI.