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Sabella D'Souza exhibition

See the artist's new body of work

In 2008 Julia Roberts converted to Hinduism whilst on set in India for the Ryan Murphy film Eat Pray Love; the all-American girl next door has since come to embody a type of fetishised colonial spectacle through her co-option of brown spirituality.

🍕🙏🏾❤️ is concerned with the objects of our critical obsession, our celebrity embodiments and the consumption of the ready-made artist of colour. Roberts’ universal appeal embeds itself silently into pre-existing colonial frameworks of white supremacy on par with White Wellness™️ advocate and GOOP founder Gwyneth Paltrow. This insidious act seeks to superficially distance the white body from its privileges, subsuming into the mundane through an othering of brown practices of worship.

In this new body of work, Julia Roberts is a safe interlude, a respite from the unbearable violence of brown subjectivity in white spaces. Acting as a mask, Roberts’ identity gives the needed respite to air our entangled grievances, whilst mediating new ways in which queer people of colour can destabilise colonial spectatorship through insincerity, celebrity embodiment and disidentification.

Biography

Sabella D’Souza is a Sydney-based artist who insists they are from Melbourne. Their video work grapples with constructed binaries of invisible vs hyper visible, self-representation, and modes of care in cyber communities. They have shown extensively in Australia, UK, and the United States. In 2018 they completed dual degree in Fine Arts & Arts at UNSW and are currently completing an honours degree in Cultural Studies at University of Sydney. Their research focuses on care, autonomous Facebook groups, and digital diaspora.

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When

Wednesday 5 June 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 6 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 7 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 8 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday 9 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 12 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 13 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 14 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 15 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday 16 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 19 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 20 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 21 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 22 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday 23 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 26 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 27 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 28 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm

Cost

Free

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