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Creative Arts Forum | Dexter Rosengrave


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts and Media

Start Date

19 Jul 2019 12:30 pm

End Date

19 Jul 2019 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public welcome

Dexter Rosengrave, The After-Image, 2018, Video Still

Bridges of Desire: navigating non-binary trans identity through contemporary art practice

Dexter Rosengrave is non-binary transgender artist, living in Hobart.

Their research-led practice exists at the intersections of performance and photography, self-identity, queer history and social engagement. Dexter often investigates how performance can be used as a vehicle for self-inflicted agitation to confront oppression. Simultaneously, their work is preoccupied with the materiality of objects. This includes turning to traces, residues and remnants to articulate their lived experiences of life in the margins. Their most recent projects focus on the body as a consolidated site of queer temporality and experience, exploring various archival modes to subvert the loss of queer history.

Dexter completed their Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class Honours at the University of Tasmania in 2018. They have had several local solo exhibitions and been part of numerous local and interstate group exhibitions. Dexter co-performed with Mike Parr as part of Dark Mofo festival in 2019 and has worked alongside Marina Abramović and L.A. based performance artist, Cassils. They were a recipient of the funded Rosamond McCulloch Studio Residency in 2018 and an ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grant. Dexter is currently working towards their first interstate solo exhibition at Firstdraft in Sydney, January 2020 where they will be exploring how people who experience disembodiment manage grief when the body is the primary medium for emotional processing.

In this Art Forum presentation, Dexter will share about their recent projects and research topics, and discuss what it is like navigating a marginalised identity through contemporary art practice while living in a regional city.

Image credit: Dexter Rosengrave, The After-Image, 2018, Video Still

Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts and Media, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome.