insideOUT is a binary-blurring experience constructed by Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe.
This solo exhibition demolishes barriers by constructing new spaces to interrogate the meeting points of where Aboriginal and queer cultures intersect.
A visual showcase of Waples-Crowes’ distinctive collage works, as well as new experimentations with animation, fashion and live-art activation, insideOUT builds space for queer and blak people, stories and experiences to be held and encountered. Waples-Crowe engages collaboration as a strategy to explore themes of being simultaneously on both the inside, and the outside.
“I’m inside the culture because I’m Aboriginal; I’m outside because I’m gay. I’m inside gay culture because I’m gay, I’m outside because I’m Aboriginal.” – Peter Waples-Crowe to ABC, 2018.
Peter Waples-Crowe is an awarding winning Ngarigo artist whose visual and performance practices operate in the intersection of Aboriginal identity, Koori spirituality and Australia’s ongoing colonisation. Waples-Crowe has been a finalist in nine of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards and won 10 major awards, as well as a finalist in three Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
insideOUT has been developed by Waples-Crowe during a 12-month artist residency at the Koorie Heritage Trust, funded by the Australian Department of Communication and the Arts’ Indigenous Languages and Arts Program.
Image: Peter Waples-Crowe (Ngarigo), campOUT, 2018, collage and acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.