Hear this artist and activist’s perspective on War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono. Deborah Kelly’s politically charged work traverses forms, from intricate collages to large scale public art and explores gender, politics and relationships. Hear her thoughts on the work of Yoko Ono, and its resonances in an Australian context.
Free with exhibition entry
For the better part of three decades, Australian artist Deborah 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, highlighting racial, sexual and religious prejudices and histories. Many of Kelly’s best-known works have occurred in the public realm, utilising highly visible canvases including projections onto billboards, bus shelters, postcards, human bodies and clouds. Significant solo shows of Kelly’s work have been held at Counihan Gallery, Melbourne (2013); Artspace, Sydney (2011) and the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (2009). Her work has been included in exhibitions including Interesting Times: Focus on contemporary Australian art at the MCA (2005), Singapore Biennale (2008) and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Tank Man Tango, the memorial she devised for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests, was held on 4 June 2009 in 20+ cities and towns around the world.
Image: Deborah Kelly, image courtesy and © Daniel Shipp