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Stories of Art and Identity

  • Customs House Library 31 Alfred Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

Join drag diva, Joyce Maynge, as a panel of LGBTI artists lift the lid on the stories behind their work.

Stories of Art and Identity

Produced by the City of Sydney

Mardi Gras is a colourful and creative celebration of pride and all things equality. In the spirit of Mardi Gras, join Joyce Maynge as she gets talking with a panel of LGBTI artists. Representing the many faces of art and sexuality, these creators unpack their work to spill the stories behind them.

Bringing tales of their own individuality and their identity in context, each of these artists shines a light on the Mardi Gras theme of Creating Equality. Get ready to participate in this evening of charismatic conversation.

Joyce Maynge
As the hostess with the mostess, Joyce Maynge facilitates this lively discussion. Known for her many unforgettable and extravagant Mardi Gras floats, short films and flash mobs, Joyce lends her showy wit in giving a voice to the LGBTI community.

Jiva Parthipan
Jiva Parthipan is a director, creative producer and arts-cultural worker based in Sydney and working internationally with theatre, dance, performance, film and inter disciplinary art. Recent credits include Dance Africa Dance, Let It Be and Little Baghdad. Past works include Pakiboy, RENT, FIST, and Autobiography of a Terrorist.

Liam Benson
As a multi-disciplinary artist, his work blends performance, photography, video and textiles. Breaking down social understanding of gender, race and culture, he overthrows ingrained ideas, symbolism and pop culture by connecting with diverse communities through an ongoing conversation.

Deborah Kelly
Deborah is a Sydney-based artist whose works have been shown around Australia, and in the Singapore, Sydney, Thessaloniki, Venice and TarraWarra Biennales. Her epic collaborative collage portrait project No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) is touring Australian regional galleries until 2018 and her collaboration with Tina Fiveash, Hey, Hetero! won the 2001 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras visual art award. 

Georgia Cranko
Georgia is an innate social agitator, wannabe poet and incidental artist with a sharp wit and passion for challenging the normative social consciousness. Based on her different opinion and the way she comes to all social issues through her disabled embodiment, she often presents at community events such as Queerstories and at Queer Provocations on carving out nourishing and accessible ways forward in these turbulent times.

This event is free but we highly recommend you book. 

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