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'My Love is Bulletproof' by Nikky Agnello at The Cube, Frankston Arts Centre

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Artist asks Australia to dodge a Bullet
Five years have passed since South African born artist Nikky Agnello showcased her first solo exhibition at Frankston Arts Centre.

My Love is Bulletproof
My Love is Bulletproof at Cube 37


Since then, Nikky Agnello, an award-winning art director, graphic designer and conceptual visual artist, has been driven to raise awareness and stimulate conversation around human rights and environmental topics through her thought-provoking work.

My Love is Bulletproof
My Love is Bulletproof at Cube 37


Her newest art installation, 'My Love is Bulletproof', on display at Cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre from 1 - 25 May 2019, addresses Australia's gun laws.

'My Love is Bulletproof' is quite different to Nikky's recent works; perhaps a little more confronting than her enchanting contour work on plywood, but equally poignant.

My Love is Bulletproof
My Love is Bulletproof


Why did Nikky invest thousands of hours to create an artwork about gun control if Australia is heralded as having some of the strongest gun laws in the world?

"Are Australian gun laws as bulletproof as we are led to believe?," she explains. "The past few years have seen a dramatic rise in civilian gun ownership in Australia, which is now at 3.2 million, the same level as at the time of the Port Arthur massacre."

My Love is Bulletproof
My Love is Bulletproof at Cube 37


To address this concern, Nikky invites you into Cube 37 to experience a landscape of gunfire frozen in time. In the centre, a child-size bulletproof vest constructed from hundreds of love letters written by mothers in the local community to their children. This vest creates a force field of love while diverting a cloud of shrapnel.

Her emotionally charged installation is a compassionate message guided by love and action, used in a way to raise awareness and discuss the current attack on Australia's gun laws.

"What if you could freeze time and go back to seconds before a tragic event occurred? What if you could create an invisible force field of protection around yourself and those you love to prevent harm? Would you do it? The problem reaches far beyond gun laws and is intrinsically linked to how we see ourselves and each other," explains Nikky.

My Love is Bulletproof
My Love is Bulletproof at Cube 37


See Nikky Agnello's spectacular installation 'My Love is Bulletproof' from 1 - 25 May 2019 at Cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre and join her for a talk on 18 May 10-11.30am to discuss this important topic. RSVP for the talk on FAC 9784 1060.

"Australia used to have very strong gun laws but now the gaps in the armour are widening. Let's not let a stray bullet in." - Nikky Angello.

To find out more, head to Nikky Angello's website or Facebook Event.

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When: 1 - 25 May, 2019. Artist talk 18 May 10-11.30am
Phone: FAC 9784 1060
Where: Cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre, 25/37 Davey St, Frankston VIC 3199
Cost: Free entry
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