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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

In Other Words

Chelsea Farquhar
Cristina Dawn
Emily Arenas Zarate
Freda Drakopoulos
Torre Alain
Curated by Iona Mackenzie

02 February 2023–25 February 2023

Folklore is a technology that harnesses symbolic language to encrypt and disseminate psychosocial knowledge. In other words, folklore is a Trojan Horse that facilitates the discrete movement of ideological information. This understanding of folklore carries with it the idea that fictional stories contain and preserve non-fictional histories. 


In Other Words questions the line between fact and fiction. Within the exhibition, a selection of stories and symbols are donned to disguise subversive discussions. This revised folkloric material “acts as meshwork for new forms of knowledge” (Torre Alain), and simultaneously, regenerates older forms of knowledge. In Other Words ultimately redeems folklore as a viable form of dissent and a universal mode of communication, even in our current times.


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To read the accompanying text click here.

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  • Rather than attempting to provide answers, Chelsea Farquhar’s process-driven practice engages with ideas around learning and the unknown. Positioning artmaking as analogous to ectoplasm—the materialised substance produced from the body of a medium during a séance—Chelsea’s work is full of contradictions, uncertainty, and cross-dimensional exchanges.
  • I’m so evanescent right now / Tender, fragrant, hardhearted / I’m not pretty when I cry / I’m pretty just after / Gasping wounds / Violent compassion / Bedside therapy and treat me like a piece of meat / Or nothing / You either eat your greens or throw yourself out the window / I only want to die alive
  • Emily Arenas Zarate calls into question and builds upon the translation of globalised mnemonic milieu; tools of touch and repetition mediate between physical and digital to reveal a mythos of present-day relics imbued with the production, distribution, and circulation of time & myth within our collective parallels.
  • Freda Drakopoulos is an artist based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. Freda’s work revolves around various states of transition. These states are transcended through a performance-based integration. Often paradoxical in nature, acts/actions, are used to examine objects, sculpture, text, matter, material, and embodiment, through desmological investigations and engagements.
  • MaggZ is a Naarm-based queer Chinese movement artist, creative director, and producer. They specialise in waacking, a freestyle dance originating in 1970s LA from the latinix and African American queer communities, predominantly involving arm movements. Traversing street dance battles, performances, installations, creative direction, and producing, MaggZ’s practice aspires to honour lived experience through transdisciplinary explorations.
  • The flower that develops underground has its own advantages of low-resource growth, security against predators, and circulation within subterranean ecologies. Torre Alain’s work is one such flower that grows and mutates below ground until conditions on the earth’s surface and the heart’s desires cause it to rise as a sudden flower of flame.