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Reviews

Australia

PERSONA COGNITA

Hannah Fink

YASUMASA MORIMURA, Doublonnage (Marcel), 1988, direct positive colour photograph on paper, 150 x 120 cm, collection Queensland Art Gallery.

It seems fitting that the first exhibition devoted to transvestism in contemporary art should be staged in Australia, the antipodean land imagined in 1673 by Gabriel de Foigny as a utopia of hermaphrodites, the birthplace of Dame Edna Everage and the setting for the drag-queen frontier movie The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The question of identity must always be central to a shallow-historied immigrant…

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