‘I want a future that lives up to my past’: David McDiarmid and local queer stories

Exhibition and Shows

5 Dec 2020 to 26 Apr 2021 Daily Event

Coinciding with the thirtieth anniversary of Western Australia’s (WA) Pride Parade, Art Gallery of WA presents the ironic, playful and scathing poster work of queer artist and activist David McDiarmid alongside Connections Nightclub’s iconic altars and archival material from the Gay and Lesbian Archive WA (GALAWA).

Created at the height of the AIDS epidemic, McDiarmid’s poster works from the State Art Collection are presented in conversation with local stories of the late 1980s and early 90s, bringing to the fore the lived experience, tragedy and enormous strength of the local queer community.

Featuring alongside McDiarmid’s works are two altars from Connections, Perth’s premier gay and lesbian nightspot and Australia’s longest running gay club, made in the 1990s by Nana Neil and Paul ‘JJ’ Chat. Commemorating those lost to AIDS/HIV with photographs, personal mementos, candles and incense lit in their memory, these altars became a symbol of shared remembrance for the local LGBTIQA+ community.

Archival material from the GALAWA presents a selection of local queer press and paper objects documenting the stories and struggles of the LGBTIQA+ community during the 1980s and 90s.

The display will be accompanied by the Long Table community discussion held during PrideFEST 2020.

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Event Dates

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5 Dec 2020 to 26 Apr 2021

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