Deborah Kelly’s acclaimed exhibition No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) is set to shock and delight visitors when it opens at Warwick Art Gallery as part of a regional tour to galleries and cultural centres across Australia.
Originally created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) by teams of public participants over the course of many months, Warwick now has the opportunity to see this incredible community project following a successful first outing at the Murray Art Museum Albury.
The exhibition comprises 20 life-sized photographic portraits realised through ongoing discussion, exchange and art making between the artist, the subjects and the contributors. The collaboration centres upon nude photographic portraits that were collaged over time as workshop participants added layers of archival and contemporary imagery specific to the subjects’ interests, attributes and vision.
The subjects represent a fascinating cross section of contemporary Australia with each portrait telling an intimate story of the subject’s life.
“Without the barriers of language, culture, religion, sexuality, gender or race, this collaged imagery bombards the viewer with the human narrative, ‘in all its glory’.”
– Jacqui Hemsley, Director, Murray Art Museum Albury
For the better part of three decades, Kelly has created a prolific body of mixed-media artworks that are at once unexpected, humorous, provocative, and profound. Often politically motivated, Kelly’s artworks explore ideas of power in all its manifestations, negotiating racial, sexual and religious prejudices and histories.
Deborah Kelly has exhibited widely including the collaborative project boat-people.org, the prize-winning public artwork series Hey, hetero! (created with Tina Fiveash), and Beware of the God commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in 2005. Kelly’s work has been exhibited at the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) and the 2008 Singapore Biennale.