Destiny Deacon

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Indigenous Australian artist, Destiny Deacon presents issues of fanatical patriotism within her current exhibition “Whacked,” at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. Within the confrontational series, Deacon addresses misconceptions and stereotypes associated with racial prejudice. While exploring her fascination with new media practices including photography and video, Deacon also utilizes more traditional art forms, creating carpets and cushion covers imprinted with the sinister faces of her disturbing characters. Reflecting on recent events such as the racially motivated 2005 Cronulla riots, Deacon through her use of black humor, reflects on the increased sense of xenophobia caused by the fear of terrorism. Deacon’s contemporary art practice often deals with issues of social stigma faced by Indigenous Australians, while the inclusion of black dolls as kitsch representations of Aboriginal people symbolize the way in which they have been silenced and forced into submission. The dolls often act as substitutes for real people and are able to both depersonalize and globalize the issues projected in her art. She has showcased her works on an international scale, becoming the only Australian artist to be selected for Documeta II in Germany, 2002.

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