Destiny Deacon

Border Patrol, 2006
light jet print from Polaroid
80.0 x 100.0 cm
signed, titled and numbered (lower margin) 2 from an edition of 8 + 2 APs

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Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2007

Another example of this image was exhibited in:
'Totemistical', Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 2006

  • Border Patrol

Image courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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Destiny Deacon was born in 1957 of K'ua K'ua and Erub/Mer peoples in Maryborough, Queensland. She is a photo artist, video maker, performer, writer and broadcaster who stimulates ideas about Aboriginal politics. She began to practice as an artist in 1990 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Politics at The University of Melbourne in 1979 and a Diploma of Education at La Trobe University, Melbourne in 1981 and, working as a history teacher. Her first solo exhibition, 'Caste Offs' was held at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney in 1993.

Her major solo exhibitions include 'Doing Time...', Spare Room Gallery, R.M.I.T. University Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; the 2005 retrospective 'Walk & don't look blak' held by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and touring to the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, the Tjibao Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia and Wellington City Gallery, New Zealand; and, 'My Boomerang Won't Come Back', Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide and touring to Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand and CSA Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand in 1994.

Important group exhibitions for Deacon include 'Melbourne Now', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; 'Art + Soul', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2010; 'Culture Warriors: The National Indigenous Art Triennial '07', National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and touring Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Gallery of Modern Art at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and The Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington D.C., U.S.A., 2007; 'Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2006; '2nd Sight Australian Photography in the National Gallery of Victoria', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002; Documenta 11, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Kassel, Germany, 2002; 'Photography is Dead! Long Live Photography!', Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1996; 'Mistaken Identities: Africus - the 1st Johannesburg Biennale', Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1995; 'Blak City Culture!' at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 1994; 'An Eccentric Orbit: Electronic Media Art from Australia' at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1994; 'Urban Focus: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from the Urban Areas of Australia' at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and Tyerabarrbowaryaou II, as part of the 5th Havana Biennial, Cuba, 1994; 'Can't See for Lookin' - Koori Women Educating at the Access Gallery', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and 'Australian Perspecta 1993' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, both in 1993; 'Aboriginal Women's Exhibition' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and 'Kudjeris', at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Sydney both in 1991.