Art Festival
11 — 27 Nov. 2022

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We acknowledge that we meet on unceded sovereign lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation.

We offer our respect to the Elders of these lands and to all First Nations people who reside here.

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An other-worldly image showing an abstract futuristic skyline with two feminine figures in a position similar to Michelangelo's painting The Creation of Adam.
When 11 Nov | 6pm – 8pm | Opening night (booking required) 16 Nov | 11am – 4pm | Relaxed session 20 Nov | 11am – 4pm | Relaxed session 26 Nov | 11am – 4pm | Performance by Alexander Powers at 1pm 27 Nov | 11am – 4pm | Last day
Who Jake Treacy (curator), Alexander Powers, Serwah Attafuah, Visaya Hoffie, Athena Thebus
Cost Free
Auslan Interpreted Wheelchair Accessible Relaxed Performance Get your tickets

Exhibition dates: 11 November—27 November,
11am –4pm, Tuesday to Sunday 2022

Sub~Lingual is an exhibition of play and subversion through the pluralisms of language and translation.

From the Latin ‘under the tongue’, Sub~Lingual speaks with a vital breath, looks beneath the surface, and articulates the coded languages of club/sub/pop cultures, cyberworlds, and chthonic architectures.

Bringing together material language including painting, sculpture, video, and dance – new commissions together with existent works posits text and language as movements to dismantle existing power structures that govern our bodies, tongues, gender, sexuality, and desire.

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Meet the Artists

Jake Treacy (curator) Read more +

Jake Treacy is a curator, arts writer and poet working on the unceded sovereign lands of the Wurundjeri woi-wurrung and Boon Wurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nation. They are a queer, non-binary person who is interested in radical gestures of love, transformation and healing through community collaboration. Their practice employs numinous acts through exhibition-making, performativity, and the spoken and written word.

They are a University of Melbourne graduate with a Master of Art Curatorship (2017) and Postgraduate Art History (2013) who has previously co-directed artist-run initiatives, sat on grant advisory panels, and written published copy on numerous contemporary arts practices. They currently curate at Incinerator Gallery, having previously curated across national art galleries as well as non-conventional public spaces, participated in a creative symposia, and performed poetic dissertations. Their current practice and research is informed by dreams, sex, queer mysticism, and doom metal.

Serwah Attafuah Read more +

Serwah Attafuah is a multidisciplinary artist and musician based on Dharug land/West Sydney, Australia. She creates surreal cyber dreamscapes and heavenly wastelands, populated by afro-futuristic abstractions of self with strong ancestral and contemporary themes.

Visaya Hoffie Read more +

Visaya Hoffie is an artist based in Meanjin/Brisbane. Her practice extends ‘expanded painting’ that incorporates sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, design, animation, leatherwork, haberdashery and a range of craft media. Her imagery brings together the observations made during her extensive experiences in other cities, and her love of the incidental, the everyday, the local, the overlooked, the rejected, the dejected, and the downright stupid.

Alexander Powers Read more +

Alexander Powers is an artist residing on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, Australia, whose work spans experimental performance, electronic music, DJing and event organising. As a DJ, performing under the name Female Wizard, she has gained national and international recognition, having played at festivals including Golden Plains, Dark Mofo, Boiler Room, Soft Centre and Hybrid. Her choreographic work has been performed at Brunswick Mechanics Institute, The Immigration Museum and most recently in video form at Foundation Fiminco, Paris.

Athena Thebus Read more +

Athena Thebus is an artist whose work deconstructs desire. Based on Gadigal land/Sydney, she has presented solo and collaborative work at Next Wave Festival, Liveworks, Sugar Mountain Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, ACE Open, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), and Verge Gallery. Athena’s practice spans sculpture, drawing, and writing. Her practice is driven by the desire to generate an atmosphere by which queer life is sustainable. Part of figuring that out is to make sculptures and installations that use materials that are connotative of capitalism’s excess, nuanced with past shame and queer hope.


Wheelchair accessible, Auslan upon request, Relaxed sessions, Audio Descriptions

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Presented by Incinerator Gallery