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PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION TO DEMYSTIFY BDSM EXPRESSION
MELBOURNE ARTIST REVEALS HER SECRET DESIRES DURING TWO WEEK EXHIBITION
BDSM, OPENING AT SYDNEY’S BLACK EYE GALLERY IN MARCH 2016
AS PART OF ART MONTH, FEATURES 16 ENGAGING AND INTIMATE
PORTRAITS OF VERY DIFFERENT BDSM PRACTITIONERS.
MELBOURNE ILLUSTRATOR STACEY BENNETT’S LONG-AWAITED
SOLO EXHIBITION BORN AGAIN WILL BE UNVEILED AT ST KILDA’S
PUMPKIN LANE GALLERY ON FRIDAY JAN 22.
Through these portraits, fine art and advertising photographer Simon
Bernhardt attempts to dispel the stereotypes that surround BDSM
and tell the story of ordinary people at ease in their skin, or behind
their masks. BDSM will open just two days before Sydney’s Mardi Gras
Festival, matching the theme of everyday people exploring their own
“There is a certain misconception associated with BDSM – that
practitioners are somehow perverted and guilty of abhorrent fetishes.
BDSM showcases practitioners on a journey of sexual discovery, while
allowing people to learn more about how they came to be excited by
things outside ‘mainstream’ sexual expression,” says Bernhardt.
Accompanying the exhibition is a limited edition book allowing the
Australian public to learn more about how each subject came to be
involved in, and influenced by. the BDSM scene. First person accounts
of their experiences and journeys avoid objectification and allow a fresh
insight into a community that most people have little understanding of.
BDSM seeks to celebrate and document these participants and their
unique sexual identities by breaking taboos and misunderstandings
about what we think goes on behind closed doors.
Deeply moved by personal tragedies and transformation she faced in 2014,
Stacey’s graphic exhibition promises to be her most poignant yet.
Since bursting onto Melbourne’s creative scene, Stacey Bennett has acquired
a growing number of fans, drawn to the provocative and feminine themes in
This year, Stacey’s exhibition forms part of the Melbourne Midsumma Festival
and, as always, is open to all members of the community. An active LGBTQI
member, Stacey explores concepts of sexuality, identity, longing and desire in
Born Again. It is both deeply personal and instantly relatable, and provides a
forum for viewers to challenge their own self-awareness.
“I’m incredibly excited to share this exhibition; it will be the biggest and most
raw solo show I’ve ever presented,” says Stacey.
“Most important is the opportunity the show provides for all members of
the community, including gay and lesbian viewers, to come together in a
sophisticated setting. I love the cultural and self-reflection opportunities art
provides, and I hope attendees of the show get that feeling.”
Born Again opens at 6:30pm on January 22 for two weeks, with free wine
available on opening night.
Prints of artworks will be available for sale throughout the exhibition.
For more information visit bornagainlesbian.com
WHAT: BDSM By Simon Bernhardt
WHEN: 3rd – 17th March, 2016, Opening night: 6pm,
Thursday 3rd of March, 2016.
WHERE: Black Eye Gallery, 3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst
WHEN: Opening Night: January 22, 6:30-9:30pm
Exhibition Runs until February 5, 2016.
GALLERY OPENING TIMES: Monday - Friday 11am - 6:30pm
VENUE: Pumpkin Lane Gallery, 16 Blessington Street, St Kilda
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