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Doublethink explores the concept of â€˜black’ or â€˜white’ identities for First Nations Aboriginal people, and considers this process of defining identity as a mental colonisation.
Paton examines what it means to be these predefined identities and the associated behaviours and mindsets that align with these social constructs. Doublethink questions the use of the term ‘Aboriginal’ and its connotations through the notions of power, control and social systems.
By looking at contemporary histories and recent cross-cultural practice, Steaphan Paton reflects on complex issues of language, colonisation and socio-political constructs in order to question the future for First Nations Australians. Steaphan Paton is a Melbourne-based interdisciplinary artist, descendant of the Gunai and Monero peoples, who grew up in Gippsland, Victoria.
His works explore the physical and industrial conflicts between cultures, and specifically Indigenous cultures in colonised states. Influenced by his home country, 'Gippsland', Paton uses painting, sculpture, installation and video to tell stories that have universality and force us to reflect using technology, humour or by breaking traditional methods. Paton’s work has been included in numerous group, festival and prize exhibitions.
Most recently, with his collaboration Transcendence he won the Koorie Art Commission at the Melbourne Museum and was a finalist in the 2015 Western Australian Art Prize. Paton has held several solo exhibitions including Boorun’s Canoe (Melbourne Museum, 2012) and Where the trees are big and green (Latrobe Contemporary Gallery, 2011).
He has also participated in the Nextwave Festival with his project My Bullock Modified (2014) and in the group exhibitions From where I stand (Melbourne Museum, 2014); Horizons (Bundoora Homestead, 2014); Melbourne Now (National Gallery of Victoria, 2013); Sketchbook project (Brooklyn Art Library, 2012) and Ngujarn and Nakun: Our Eyes, Our Footprints (Melbourne Museum, 2009). Paton was a recipient of the City of Melbourne Laneways Commission (2011) for his project Urban Doolagahl. He was also a recipient of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards-Highly Commended (2007) and has been shortlisted in the prize on multiple occasions (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011). His work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Museum, Brooklyn Art Library and the Wellington Shire Council.
Thursday 19 May 5–7pm
Wednesday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
Thursday, 10am – 8pm
Getting thereVenue: Project Space / Spare Room,23 Cardigan Street, Carlton VIC, Australia
Walking from Cardigan Street, catch a tram at the intersection of Queensbury and Swanston Streets.Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, from which you can connect to the train at Melbourne Central or Flinders Street.
Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.
No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.