Celebrate two of the Biennale’s major exhibitions by internationally renowned artists Alix Marie and Steven Arnold. Both exhibitions transform the National Centre For Photography, showcasing work that has never been exhibited in Australia.

Co-commissioned by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and Photoworks (UK), Styx sees French artist Alix Marie delve further into her interest in water deities, and the intersection between the body, its representation, and an expansive idea of photography. Marie draws on the ancient myth of Styx, a Greek Oceanid representing the boundary between Earth and the Underworld. Using large-scale cyanotypes, sound and video, the artist creates an immersive installation exploring the fragility of the contemporary world order.

Notes from a Queer Mystic
Steven Arnold (1943 – 1994) was a quintessential icon ahead of his time – a revolutionary figure whose ideas and legacy have become strongly relevant in the cultural conversation of today. From The Steven Arnold Museum and Archives, each photograph is infused with Arnold’s interest in filmmaking, sexuality, spirituality and gender, which forged new ideas surrounding gender fluidity, non-binary consciousness and radical acceptance. This exhibition is proudly supported by United States Consulate General Melbourne.

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Exhibition Opening | Styx and Notes from a Queer Mystic
  • Exhibition Opening | Styx and Notes from a Queer Mystic
    August 29, 2021
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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