Gerwyn Davies and JFA finalists Darcey Bella Arnold, Daniel Jenatsch, Sara Morawetz, Ryan Presley, JD Reforma, Melanie Jame Wolf, Shevaun Wright

Join us at UNSW Galleries to celebrate the announcement of the 2021 winner of the John Fries Award and the opening of 'Gerwyn Davies: Plush'.

Shortlisted from over 400 applications, the seven finalists of the 2021 John Fries Award present newly commissioned works, developed with the support of curator Miriam Kelly. The 2021 finalists include Darcey Bella Arnold, Daniel Jenatsch, Sara Morawetz, Ryan Presley, JD Reforma, Melanie Jame Wolf, and Shevaun Wright. Matching the philanthropic support of the Fries family with the Copyright Agency’s enduring commitment to developing and sustaining artistic practices, the John Fries Award has recognised the contributions and achievements of early-career practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand for more than a decade.

Gerwyn Davies' photographs explore the expression of camp as an aesthetic strategy in photographic self-representation. They renew and affirm camp's queer critical capacities, moving beyond popular understandings of camp as a gay sensibility, a mode of theatrical performativity, or an ironic inversion of taste. For Davies, camp is a performative and aesthetic intensification that can be applied to images and the image-making process itself. 'Plush' brings together works from the series 'Utopia', 'Deluxe', 'Sunny Boys', 'Idols', 'Leisure Sick' and 'Bel-Air' all produced over the last four years.

To keep our audiences safe, we will be keeping numbers limited for this event. Please book via Eventbrite to attend.

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