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Deadly Threads - State Library Of Queensland

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
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Wear it well
I am always amazed at what curators come up with as subject matters for exhibitions and this is one of them - shirts!

There is no doubt that shirts and t-shirts, in particular, have always been a vehicle for messages, points of view, affiliations and statements that the wearers want to share with anyone who is looking at them. Many of these shirts, particularly the ones of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, are worn with pride.

Deadly Threads is a showcase examining Indigenous shirts – born from protests in the 1970s and evolving as permanent mainstays in wardrobes across Australia.

In this exhibition which is on presently the curators have collected over 190 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed singlets, t-shirts, polo shirts, and jerseys. From colourful sporting jerseys to protest and artists' shirts, Deadly Threads looks at how the shirts have helped people freely express views, support community, show allegiances and champion causes.

There is no doubt that these ubiquitous items of everyday clothing have become important symbols of identity, celebration and unity.

There is also interesting information available on regional companies and artists that have emerged as part of the flourishing Indigenous shirt business.

Highlights include:

Rare shirts from the Mabo Family Collection that celebrate Mabo Day and the 1992 Mabo decision.

Queensland Rugby League legend Johnathan Thurston's boots.

Memorial shirts designed for tombstone openings in the Torres Strait.

T-shirts designed by artists Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, and Libby Harward.

Ten years of the Deadly Choices health check shirts by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH).

Throughout the showcase, join free talks, curator's tours and workshops.

Visitors to the Exhibition are encouraged to wear their own favourite deadly shirt. The best way to enjoy the exhibition is by taking a Curator's tour and there are many dates to choose from.

Sun 28 Mar | 12–12:30pm
Fri 16 Apr | 1–1:30pm
Thu 13 May | 11–11:30am
Sun 16 May | 10–10:30am
Thu 10 Jun | 11–11:30am
Sat 17 Jul | 11–11:30am
Wed 11 Aug | 10–10:30am

The exhibition is on currently until Sun the 15th of August 2021.


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Why? An interesting exhibition of wearable significance
When: 27th March to the 15th August 2021
Phone: 61 7 3840 7666
Where: State Library Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank South Brisbane,
Cost: This is a Free Event
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What an interesting subject for an exhibition Marina - thanks for sharing
by Lizzie Higgins (score: 1|98) 19 days ago
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