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Known as one of Australia's boldest contemporary artists Destiny Deacon will be celebrated in her largest retrospective to date opening at the National Gallery of Victoria on 23 November 2020.

The event, which was previous scheduled for July 2020 has been rescheduled and set to open on the 23rd of November.

The exhibition, Destiny, will mark Deacon's first solo show in over 15 years, with more than 100 multi-disciplinary works made over a 30-year period, including the premiere of newly-commissioned works created with the artist and her long-term collaborator Virginia Fraser.

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The free exhibition will feature a broad variety of work including Meloncholy 2000 pictured above. Image courtesy of the artist © Destiny Deacon

The exhibition will also feature several early video works created with the late Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi photographer Michael Riley and West Australian performance artist Erin Hefferon. A descendant of the Kuku and Erub/Mer people from Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, Deacon is internationally known for a body of work depicting her darkly comic world view.

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Known as one of Australia's boldest artists, Destiny Deacon's work will be shocased at the exhibition opening in July and include works such as Smile2017, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2016 © Destiny Deacon

Offering a thoughtful and at times funny snapshot of contemporary Australian life, Deacon reminds us that art can have both pathos and humour. Melbourne-based, Deacon works across photography, video, sculpture and installation to explore concepts such as childhood and adulthood, comedy and tragedy, and theft and reclamation.

Featuring early videos which mock negative stereotypes of Aboriginal Australians - Home video 1987, Welcome to my Koori world 1992, I don't wanna be a bludger 1999 - the exhibition will also feature an installation of a lounge room housing Deacon's own collection of 'Koori kitsch'.

Deacon and Fraser's highly acclaimed installation Colourblinded 2005 will also be on display. A powerful combination of photographs, sculptures, and video projections. "Featuring new NGV commissions and some of the highlights of Deacon's 30-year career, the retrospective Destiny pays tribute to an artist who has been challenging audiences for more than 30 years," said Tony Ellwood, director, National Gallery of Victoria.

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Featuring works that mock stereotypes, Destiny Deacon's work such as Where's Mickey will be one of many included. Image National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2016 © Destiny Deacon

"Destiny Deacon has never shied away from confronting our country's difficult history and her work continues to make a vital contribution to Australian cultural discourse," said Ellwood.

Free timed tickets to visit NGV Australia at Federation Square will be available to book from Monday 16 November. For more details on NGV's reopening and to book free timed tickets, please visit the NGV website

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Why? Explore the incredible works of Destiny Deacon
Phone: 03 8620 2222
Where: National Gallery Victoria Ian Potter Center
Cost: FREE
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