FRIENDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE 2020
Experience the exhibition online here


Curated by Kelly Doley and José Da Silva ‘Friendship as a Way of Life’ included more than 20 artists and collaborative groups to explore queer kinship and forms of being together. The exhibition centred around three ideas that offered perspectives on LGBTQI+ partnerships, collaboration, visibility, sex, intimacy and knowledge: ‘Public Relations’ (the public expression of private lives and forms of communicating identities); ‘Living Arrangements’ (spaces and approaches to living/being with ‘chosen families’); and ‘Intergenerational Kinship’ (learning, sharing and support across generations).

Presented across the entire gallery space of UNSW Galleries, Sydney as well as its own online program ‘Forms of Being Together’, this major project sought to foreground the way LGBTQI+ communities create alternative networks of support through various creative and resourceful means.

Artists: ALOK / Mark Aguhar / Frances Barrett / Shannon Michael Cane / Elmgreen & Dragset / DJ Gemma / Camilo Godoy / Helen Grace / Gavin Kirkness and the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt project / Dani Mart / Parallel Park (Holly Bates and Tay Haggarty) / Nikos Pantazopoulos / Macon Reed / A.L. Steiner & A.K. Burns / Ella Sutherland
and material from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives including Wicked Women and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Connect with the online content produced during the exhibition including interviews, lectures, playlists and performances as part of ‘Forms of Being Together’ here.

Images: Installation view Installation view, ‘Friendship as a Way of Life’, UNSW Galleries, 2020. Photo: Zan Wimberley

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