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Drew Pettifer | A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk

Location Lower Gallery
From Saturday 19 December 2020 -  10:00am
To Sunday 14 February 2021 - 04:00pm

A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk derives from a broader investigation within Drew Pettifer's work to unearth hidden queer histories through archival art practices.

The exhibition focuses on the first recorded moment in (European) queer history in Australia: a sodomy trial following the wreck of the Dutch ship the Zeewijk in 1727 where two young men were sentenced to death by marooning.

Through photographs, video, audio and installation, this exhibition recontextualises social histories to help us rethink our present.


A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk has been supported by Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Australia Council for the Arts, Kingdom of the Netherlands, RMIT University and the City of Melbourne.

Image: Drew Pettifer, Untitled (Half-Moon Reef #2) (detail), 2019, chromogenic print, 27.6 x 38.2 cm, courtesy the artist.




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