This is Barbara Cleveland
This is Barbara Cleveland is a new video work by Brown Council that presents a portrait of one of Australia’s forgotten performance artists, the legendary Barbara Cleveland.
‘…they have so successfully invented their own rich tradition of performance and body art.’ – Incubate Magazine (2013)
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Brown Council return to Performance Space after their endurance bake-off – Mass Action: 137 Cakes in 90 Hours (2012) – to present This is Barbara Cleveland, a video portrait of one of Australia’s legendary yet oddly invisible performance artists. This is Barbara Cleveland is the latest instalment in their ongoing project that pays tribute to the life and work of Cleveland. This new video work celebrates and seeks to define Cleveland, who disappeared in 1981. Confusing fact and fiction, history and memory, this meditation on performance gives voice to this mythic feminist artist who has been left out of the pages of Australian art history.
‘By honouring the life and work of Cleveland, we seek to question who is written in and out of art history, and how narratives are constructed and re-presented’ – Brown Council
Brown Council have presented their projects nationally and internationally, most recently at Forest Fringe (UK), Cambridge Junction (UK), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney). This is Barbara Cleveland will be presented at Performance Space in Carriageworks Bay 19.
For more on This is Barbara Cleveland: www.browncouncil.com
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project has been supported by the QANTAS Foundation: Creating life-changing experiences for the next generation of Australians.
This project has been supported by Queen Street Studio through funding from ARTS NSW as part of the 2013 Heffron Hall Performing Arts Residency Program.
This project has been supported by Cambridge Junction.