Peter Waples-Crowe (Ngarigo), campOUT, 2018, collage and acrylic on canvas (cropped)

Creating a Blak-queer hub that bring stories from the outside, a new exhibition insideOUT is on at the Koorie Hertiage Trust, from Saturday, 4 May to 28 July 2019.

A solo exhibition by Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe, the artwork seeks to challenge binary constructs and heteronormativity. Working to investigate where Aboriginal and queer cultures intersect, the exhibition is multidisciplinary and has collaborative practice, with the works made over the past 12 months during his time as an artist-in-residence at the Koorie Heritage Trust.

The exhibition will showcase his distinctive collage works, as well as new experimentations with animation, fashion and live-art activation. The insideOUT exhibition will build space for queer and blak people, stories and experiences.

Providing a great sense of irreverence and humour, Waples-Crowe reveals contemporary issues of community and belonging – reflecting his own intersectional identity as an Emerging Queer Indigenous Elder.

For the artist, the gallery is also an artwork, one in which his art interacts, and as such, an architectural intervention has been constructed in the gallery that will become a safe meeting and performance place for queer and Indigenous communities throughout the exhibition.

Waples-Crowe explores themes of being simultaneously on both the inside, and the outside. “I'm inside the culture because I'm Aboriginal; I'm outside because I'm queer. I'm inside queer culture because I'm queer, I'm outside because I'm Aboriginal,” says Peter Waples-Crowe.

He will also create intimate and performative queer community spaces within the exhibition. There will be public performances with Dondon as part of the City of Melbourne’s Yirramboi, First Nations Arts Festival plus a series of public programs with details to be announced.

A special opening night event, campOUT will amplify blak queer perspectives in a one-night party to launch insideOUT on Saturday 4 May, 7pm – 9pm. Special performances by Mojo Juju, a DJ set by Soju-Gang, and a showcase of MIRRIGANG, a fashion collection created by Waples-Crowe in collaboration with Vincent Li.

See how art can express intersectionality with insideOUT, by Peter Waples-Crowe, at the Yarra Building at Federation Square!


Dates: 4 May – 28 July 2019.

Location: Koorie Heritage, Yarra Building, Federation Square.

Times: 10am to 5pm – 7 days a week

Cost: Free entry

Koorie Heritage Trust Website