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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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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.

Other Body Knowledge: Contending with the mythic norm

Dion Beasley
Jane Trengove
Lara Chamas
Ruark Lewis
Sam Petersen
Sophie Cassar
Curated by Jane Trengove, Katie Ryan

15 September 2022–08 October 2022

Emerging from atypical positions, Other Body Knowledge: Contending with the mythic norm is an exhibition that addresses the obstacles and generative potential presented by disability. Wide-ranging in complexity, the experience of disability is indeterminate and, like all bodies, atypical bodies are relational, dependent on others and in constant states of flux: ageing, dying, enduring and flourishing.

Other Body Knowledge reflects this indeterminacy, providing a space for artists to explore a range of political and personal tangents that arise from disabled experience. The artists address the relationship between disability and individualism in the current neoliberal climate, sexuality and sensuality within a disabled body, and the potentially damaging effects of institutionalised medical and ‘care’ systems. Here, disability is considered as a generative site from which to inform current art practice and contemporary culture.

This exhibition is part of a broader project that has been developed over the last twelve months involving collaborations and conversations with a range of d/Deaf and disabled artists. The culmination of this process included a public program of three sessions led by d/Deaf and disabled artists: Visual Describing in Art Spaces, an online panel discussing Art and Ableism and a Deaf Culture and d/Deaf Awareness workshop. 

Video walkthrough available here.

Audio tour coming soon…

To view the catalogue essay click here.

To view the room sheet click here.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the City of Melbourne. 
Image: Sam Petersen, Worm, 2018
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  • Dion Beasley is an Alywarr man who lived for many years in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. His father's country is Owairtilla, also known as Canteen Creek, and his mother's country is Alpurrurulam, also known as Lake Nash. As a Deaf artist with muscular dystrophy, Dion uses drawing to communicate with the world around him. He draws his family, the country where he grew up and all the dogs at Mulga Camp. Dion’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia and the recent Sydney Biennale. Dion Beasley now lives in Torquay, Queensland, where he draws every day. Dion also spends time making 3D models of small community areas and hundreds of cut-out paper dogs, recently these have taken on an abstract form. 
  • Jane Trengove is a disabled artist with a career spanning many years. Jane’s art practice encompasses a range of art media and she has extensive skills in the coordination/curation of visual arts project development, production and arts administration. Jane’s work often engages the relevance of contemporary art in wider social/political debates, such as gender, race and disability.   She has exhibited widely, including locally, interstate and overseas and is currently represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.  To support her visual art career Jane has been employed across a range of professional platforms, primarily in the arts and disability sector and has worked closely with government, arts industry and community organizations to increase the participation of Deaf and disabled people in the cultural life of Victoria. Recent projects include: Other Body Knowledge, 2022, Public Program and Exhibition, in collaboration with Katie Ryan and KINGS Artist-Run Initiative, When You Think of Feminism What Do You Think? 2022, George Paton Gallery, S/He, 2022, 24/7 Covid-safe installation at ACU Melbourne Gallery, Midsumma, Melbourne, XXX Celebrating 30 Years of Sutton Gallery, 2022, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Ceci n’est pas, 2019, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Fem-A-Finity, 2019, NETS touring show, curated by Dr Catherine Bell.
  • Ruark Lewis is an interdisciplinary artist. Working in painting, drawing and installation, as well as literature and performance. He has exhibited, published and performed in Australia and internationally since the late 1980s. Commissions for Public Art at the Sydney Olympic Games site and the Randwick City Sesquicentenary 2009. Performances at the Berlin International Literary Festival, installations for Nuit Blanche Festival, Toronto and Biennale of Sydney. Publications include The Depth of Translation (with Paul Carter), False Narratives, Just for Nothing (with Nathalie Sarraute) and most recently a catalogue raisonne THOUGHTLINES, which was awarded the 2018 AAANZ best book award.
  • Sam Petersen is a Naarm-based visual artist, writer and performer who works primarily in site-specific installation and sculpture. Petersen’s artwork often references the limitations Petersen confronts when trying to access society as a person with disability. Petersen’s art practice can be thought of as a mode of activism, which is politically motivated and takes the body and its relationship to the built environment, and therefore people's minds, as conceptual starting points. Recent projects include; True Colours, 2021, Bus Projects, Melbourne, My Pee is Political, 2020, Darren Knight Gallery, I’m Still Feeling It: Overlapping Magisteria, The 2020 MacFarlane Commission, ACCA, Melbourne.
  • Sophie Cassar is an artist and writer living in Naarm/Melbourne. Sophie’s studio practice engages painting, installation and artist books. Her writing practice responds to cultural representations of illness. She has recently completed Honours in Fine Art at Monash University and her work has been included in programs at West Space, Gertrude Contemporary, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Bus Projects.