Queering the houses: In Conversation with Gerwyn Davies
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In the exhibition, Gerwyn responds to and reimagines the museums, archives, historic houses and gardens under the care of Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives, dramatically transforming each property into a stage on which an extravagant performance is played out for the camera by a vividly costumed character.
We invite you to join us in the opulent setting of Elizabeth Bay House, where a 7-foot-tall, fur-clad, canary-yellow beast burst from the confines of Alexander Macleay’s entomological collection to be photographed in epic style for the exhibition. Gerwyn will be joined by Mel Flyte, Assistant Curator at Sydney Living Museums, to discuss some of the lesser-known stories of our properties and how these have inspired the dramatic costumes and tableaus in Gerwyn’s work.
Includes drink on arrival, plus complimentary entry to view the exhibition Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies at Museum of Sydney.
In an age of endless self-imaging, these works explore the expanded potentials for self-presentation that emerge on the stage of the digital image.
Combining traditional costume making, studio staging and digital interventions, the figure is unmoored from conventional representation and an inventory of synthetic selves assembled. Read a Q&A with the artist.
Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies
In the exhibition Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies, queer photographic artist and costume maker Gerwyn Davies responds to and reimagines the museums, archives, historic houses and gardens under the care of Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives.