Click here to view the catalogue essay written by Amy-Jo Jory.

Co-curated by Amy-Jo Jory, Yandell Walton and Lauren Dunn.

OUTSIDE: Reasons for Leaving Your Back Door Unlocked presented a complex system of individual and collective storytelling using video, sculpture, photography, performance, installation and projection. Bringing together a variety of contemporary practitioners, OUTSIDE was an exhibition turned front yard party that ran for ten days as part of Midsumma Festival.

Inhabiting a disused, relatively raw space on Melbourne’s iconic Peel Street, and presenting contemporary arts practice outside the traditional white cube, OUTSIDE was a site-specific show by Melbourne based artists that hinted at a variety of queer ideas.

“These spaces of familia have all made this moment of conclusion possible; they have taught me almost everything I know about queer, about desire, about bodies on the margins, and dance floors creating momentary centers.” (Juana María Rodríguez, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Dicursive Spaces, 2003).