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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

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Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

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Art Baby

04 May, 10.30am, MCA

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WORKSHOP FOR PRIMARY TEACHERS

12 May, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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MCA Zine Fair 2017

21 May, 10.30am, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience 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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