22 May - 4 July 2021 Main Gallery & Margaret Scott Gallery
FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project Australia and wider Australia whose work shares an affinity of subject matter, technique and process. Curated by Catherine Bell, this exhibition uncovers shared perspectives on female identity by drawing upon interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches. FEM-aFFINITY reveals how feminism materialises in distinctive and uncanny ways.
The exhibition presents the work of fourteen female artists, partnering seven artists from Arts Project Australia and seven independent contemporary artists. Arts Project Australia support artists with intellectual disabilities, promoting their work and advocating for their inclusion within contemporary art practice.
The 14 exhibiting artists include Fulli Andrinopoulos, Dorothy Berry, Yvette Coppersmith, Wendy Dawson, Prudence Flint, Helga Groves, Bronwyn Hack, Janelle Low, Eden Menta, Jill Orr, Lisa Reid, Heather Shimmen, Cathy Staughton and Jane Trengove.
Exploring multiple mediums, such as painting, printmaking, drawing, performance and photography, the exhibition considers identity politics explored in contemporary art.
The in-depth collaborations that are at the core of this project uncover shared perspectives and celebrate difference by questioning hierarchies of practice, acknowledging diverse voices and how relationships shape the process of becoming.
FEM-aFFINITY is a NETS Victoria and Arts Project Australia touring exhibition.
Image: Eden Menta & Janelle Low, Eden and the Gorge 2019, inkjet print. Courtesy of the artists; Eden Menta is represented by Arts Project Australia, Melbourne
ABC audio interview on The Art Show with Ed Ayers
‘FEM-aFFINITY explores the many interpretations of female identity’