SITUATE / 12 September to 2 November 2018 at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan
Drew Pettifer is the recipient of the 2018 Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange. Drew's residency project aims to reveal some of the hidden histories around the ongoing marriage equality and queer rights debates in Taiwan through archival research, collaborations and interviews. In 2017 the Constitutional Court in Taiwan ruled current marriage laws unconstitutional and gave parliament two years to amend them. Australia’s recent marriage equality debate shares some similarities with that in Taiwan, offering a unique opportunity for discourse, exchange and reflection. The outcome of the residency will take the form of photographs, video interviews, documents and, where available, objects that inform this history. A secondary strand of the project will focus on taking photographs in the landscape of the Kuandu region, including the hot spring culture of the Beitou area.
Born Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. Lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Dr Drew Pettifer is an artist and academic who currently lectures in Art History and Theory and the Honours Program at RMIT University. Drew’s art practice explores themes of intimacy, gender, sexuality and queer politics using photography, video, installation and performance. His doctorate in Fine Art (Photomedia) focused on contemporary representations of masculinity and the queer gaze. Recent exhibitions of his work include: Look Both Ways, Kings, Melbourne (2017); Some Want Quietly, Daine Singer, Melbourne (2016); Less than Lovers, Utrecht, Tokyo (2015); Turnintensive, Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin (2014); and, Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria (2013-14). Drew hosts the Australian contemporary art podcast FIELD WORK and works from time to time as an independent curator and writer. He is also a member of the Shepparton Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors and a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts. His work is held in various collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art and City of Melbourne’s Arts and Heritage Collection, as well as private collections.
This project is supported by the Taipei National University of the Arts and the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts.