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An Artist’s Guide to Becoming Lord Mayor

Katie Sfetkidis

Front Gallery
1 Dec 2018–20 Dec 2018
Opening 6pm Friday November 30th

In April 2018, artist Katie Sfetkidis ran for Lord Mayor of Melbourne in the Mayoral By-election. Taking an intersectional approach, Sfetkidis’ campaign placed gender, art and cultural diversity at the forefront of the electoral conversation. Throughout the campaign, Sfetkidis participated in conventional forms of campaigning and a number of artistic interventions, most notably a one day walking tour of the electorate, in which she personally carried a life-size campaign poster to each suburb of the electorate. This exhibition brings together material generated throughout the campaign including video, posters, speeches, converting the gallery space into a campaign headquarters it invites the audience to step inside the chaos that is the Australian electoral process.

Image: Katie Sfetkidis, 2018, “Dream Large – Melbourne University” from series Electoral Walk, performance document. Photo by Marcel Feillafe

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  • Katie Sfetkidis is a contemporary artist and lighting designer living and working in Melbourne. She recently graduated from her Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts where she was the recipient of the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Prize. She has exhibited and performed in artist run spaces and festivals across Australia including; Trocadero Artspace, Footscray, Festival of Live Art, Melbourne, Underbelly Arts Festival, Sydney, Metro Arts!, Brisbane and Blindside Gallery, Melbourne. Earlier this year, she performed in the “Feminist Colour- In” as part of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s exhibition “Unfinished Business: Perspective on Art and Feminism”. In 2018, Katie also ran for Lord Mayor in the City of Melbourne By-Election.