Departed Acts: Archie Barry, Archie Barry
“Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice”
Archie Barry, Jeremy Eaton, Clinton Hayden, Amy Spiers
Opening: at The Centre for Contemporary Photography, 6 - 8.30pm
Dates: Thursday 3 May
The second in a series of events taking place throughout 2018, ‘Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice’ at The Centre for Contemporary Photography will feature Archie Barrie, Jeremy Eaton, Clinton Hayden, and Amy Spiers.
‘Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice’, is a performance-lecture series presented in collaboration between CCP and Bus Projects. This program invites four queer Australian practitioners to recall an encounter with a pivotal artist, exhibition or experience, that has influenced their practice. For the iteration of ‘Departed Acts’ presented at CCP, practitioners have been asked to explore the potential histories, lineages and trajectories of queer artistic practice, both within their own practices and within a broader socio-political context.
Conducted with varying degrees of visual accompaniment, and with a critical playfulness towards the lecture format, ‘Departed Acts’ creates an idiosyncratic space where subjective memories can be indulged. Rather than focusing on objective testimony, ‘Departed Acts’ embraces the tangential nature of recollection, allowing for the factual and fictitious to intertwine. Intended as an open ended, train-of-thought exercise, ‘Departed Acts’ allows space for a personal, freely associative discourse, intending to provide a deeper and more intimate understanding of the creative process.
Archie Barry is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. They work with the slipping point towards abstraction within a practice of self-portraiture, as a gesture of trans resistance and dominion. Over the last year their work has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, The State Library of Victoria and ALASKA Projects, among others. They have written print articles for Art + Australia and Archer Magazine and will be undertaking a three-month residency at Phasmid Studio in Berlin later this year. Barry completed a Masters of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts in 2017.