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CCP is excited to present Six Fashion Photographers and The Huxleys Places of Worship — an in-depth look at the work of a key group of contemporary photographers, co-presented with new works by Melbourne-based artists The Huxleys. The four-day program of exhibition and events offers an expanded frame of reference that champions and contributes to this diverse engagement with fashion, photography and the culture these artists encapsulate. Read on for The Huxleys Places of Worship below, and visit Six Fashion Photographers here.
The Huxleys’ Places of Worship explores the fading magic of supernatural worlds in which Melbourne-based performance and visual artists Will and Garrett Huxley cast themselves as exquisite outsiders, isolated and ornate, and existing on the fringes of places – and the margins of society.
Presented in association with Murray White Room, Places of Worship presents a longing for the fecund precious jewels of the earth to be celebrated and adored, connecting with the glamour The Huxleys find in the surreal peripheries of the world, and emulating the outrageous beauty they interpret in nature through their costume and styling.
As queer people growing up in suburban homogenous and conditioned places, feeling isolated, alone and different, The Huxleys’ new art works embody these feelings and express a sense of safety in isolation – the natural world is non-judgmental, it is beautiful and precious and needs protection. This series of sounds and visions invite the viewer to find a similar beauty in explosively queer bodies, yearning for difference to be marvelled at, worshipped and praised.
The Huxleys chat with curator Natalie King in an on-site artist talk at CCP for their exhibition Places of Worship.
The Huxleys are represented by Murray White Room, Melbourne.
In Conversation: The Huxleys and Natalie King
Sunday 11 July, 2pm
Join Curator Natalie King in conversation with collaborative artists Will and Garrett Huxley as they discuss their latest presentation Places of Worship. Talking to their photographic and larger artistic practice in relation to their performative works, this conversation will also explore their identity as queer people growing up in suburban homogenous and conditioned places, and how this exhibition sees them cast themselves as exquisite outsiders, isolated and ornate, and existing on the fringes of society.
Natalie King OAM is a Professor of Visual Arts at the VCA, University of Melbourne and Curator of Yuki Kihara, Aotearoa New Zealand at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022.