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RESPONSIBILITIES TO TIME: CALLUM McGRATH

Opening – Friday 2nd August 6pm
Exhibition Dates – Saturday 3rd August – Saturday 17th August

Responsibilities to Time is a new research-based project by Meanjin (Brisbane) based artist Callum McGrath. Stemming from McGrath’s research into public memorials dedicated to queer subjects and communities, this exhibition presents a selection of LGBTQIA+ memorials arranged into an anonymous family photo-album. Referencing museological presentation, Responsibilities to Time works against the grain of linear archival organisation and critiques the structures that support established historiography. In breaking with these normalised practices, this ongoing project forms part of McGrath’s endeavours to re-conceive time in a way where queer love, loss and desire is prioritised over hetero-dominant modes.

Callum McGrath (b. 1995) is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) and has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions including: Queer Economies, Bus Projects and Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2019); Toro, Milani Gallery CARPARK, Brisbane (2019); POOFTA, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2018); Cross-mending, Outer Space, Brisbane (2018); River Torrens, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018); Passing, West Space, Melbourne (2017); and HATCHED, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2017). Additionally McGrath collaborates with artist Lu Forsberg on Serious Queer Business, an ongoing public program platform that aims to generate conversation, dialogue, and community around queer issues and topics. McGrath obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) with First Class Honours at the Queensland University of Technology (2016). In 2019 McGrath was awarded the Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship to undertake self-directed research in Germany.