A Sorrowful Act
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery is currently open with social distancing and hygiene measures in place.
A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk derives from a broader investigation within Drew Pettifer’s work to unearth hidden queer histories through archival art practices.
The exhibition focuses on the first recorded moment in (European) queer history in Australia: a sodomy trial following the wreck of the Dutch ship the Zeewijk in 1727 where two young men were sentenced to death by marooning.
Through photographs, video, audio and installation, this exhibition recontextualises social histories to help us rethink our present.