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