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A bit of Sex and the City
An interesting thought-provoking exhibition that explores the "image" of the Gold Coast.
Sexualising The City depicts how the Gold Coast image has changed over the years and how it is perceived by the rest of the world.
It discusses the link between the image of the sexualised body and the city image of the Gold Coast. Is it just a misguided cliché or is that what tourism is selling? In our modern society, this is a subject that we can all identify with.
Is the Gold Coast nothing more than surfer boys, girls in bikinis and metre maids? This exhibition challenges and confronts this view using various images and objects from art, design, fashion, popular culture and architecture from the 1920s to now.
There are some amazing art, fashion, objects and images on display and it really makes you think about how image and perception can contribute to a city identity, and how the sexualised body is commonly used in modern day marketing.
This is a great little exhibition, which I found fascinating – it is only small so you wouldn't make a special visit to see it, but if you are heading to the Arts Centre or nearby Chevron Island or Surfers Paradise, then it is definitely worth a visit for an extra half an hour to an hour.
It is totally free and there are plenty of things to look at - including some videos and multimedia and some excellent Gold Coast memorabilia. Art should make you think, and this exhibition certainly does.
It looks at the Gold Coasts image as a sexualised city, plus how men and women have been depicted throughout history, together with discussing changes in society and culture and how they affect our image and can shape our opinions on somewhere.
If it is a topic that you are interested in then they have a discussion breakfast around the topics raised in the exhibition that you can attend on Friday 23 November. It starts at 7am and includes a hot breakfast, fashion parade and panel discussion on the Gold Coast's sexualised image.
In an age where we are all body conscious and where "sex sells" it raises some interesting points and offers a unique exhibition experience which is close to home, that we can all relate to in some way.