February 7th 2018
February 25th 2018
191 Victoria Street
Potts Point NSW 2011
EXHIBITION DATES 8 – 25 February 2018 at STACKS Projects
Opening event: Wednesday 7 February 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday 11am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm
Since when has playing with dolls been this fagulous?
The Story of The Girls is a high-camp exhibition of artworks resulting from 25 years of creative play between two gay best friends Ben Mercer & Tom Pender.
As young gay men in early 90’s Australia, Ben & Tom used Barbie-style dolls to develop a group of outrageous female characters known as The Girls.
Unconstrained by the homophobic world that Ben & Tom found themselves growing up in, The Girls became both their artistic muses and the outward expression of their inner drag queens - in doll form!
The Story of The Girls draws from a rich archive of creative material and features a selection of drawings, photographs, videos and handmade doll fashions. It seeks to tell an alternative story of friendship and self expression that hopes to resonate with and empower a queer audience, while also sharing a queer perspective with our allies.
Ultimately The Story of The Girls celebrates and honours a true friendship.
In the face of rising conservatism, and equality still very much a life-or-death struggle for many LGBTQI people around the world, Ben & Tom feel that now, more than ever, the world needs The Girls!