– Highlights

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Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Art Safari

22 Sep, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Performance

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23 Sep, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Event

Genext

24 Sep, 6.00pm, Throughout the MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. more

Fresh picks for Father's Day

Discover the gifts that will help you spoil your dad this Father’s Day. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Destiny Deacon

Born 1957, Maryborough, Queensland. Lives and works Melbourne. KuKu (Cape York) and Erub/Mer (Torres Strait) people.


Destiny Deacon is a descendant of the Kuku (far-North Queensland) and Erub/Mer (Torres Strait) people. An artist, broadcaster and political activist, her performative photographs, videos and installations feature members of her family and friends posing for the camera as well as items from her collection of ‘Aboriginalia’ – assorted black dolls and kitsch. Partly autobiographical and partly fictitious, her acerbic and melancholic work deals with both historical issues and contemporary Aboriginal life and is informed by personal experience and the mass media. Deacon’s humorous works examine the wide discrepancies between the representation of Aboriginal people by the white Australian population and the reality of Aboriginal life. In her ‘lo-tech’ productions, Deacon creates an insightful comedy that is effective in establishing a discourse about political, Indigenous and feminist concerns.

Deacon has been exhibiting since the early 1990s in solo and group shows. She was selected for the 2014 Dong Gang International Photo Festival, South Korea; the 2014 TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville; the 2009 Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba; Revolutions – Forms that Turn, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (2008); and Culture Warriors: The National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2007). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in the USA, Canada, Italy, Austria, Poland, Latvia, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and New Caledonia. 

Deacon’s work is held in the major state galleries of Australia, and in many regional, corporate and university collections.

Works by Destiny Deacon

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