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What man
from the What people series 1997

chenille, wire, pins
(a-m) 138.5 × 130.4 cm irreg. (installation)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
inscribed in black fibre-tipped pen on accompanying paper label u.l.: KATE BEYNON / 'What Man ' 1997 / chenille sticks.
Accession Number
Contemporary Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1997
© Kate Beynon
Gallery location
Not on display
Kate Beynon is an Australian, born in Hong Kong, with Welsh, English, Malaysian and Norwegian ancestry. She is interested in experiences of transcultural identity and draws inspiration from many sources, including comics, graffiti and Chinese calligraphy. At the time Beynon made this work, when John Howard was elected Prime Minister, multiculturalism was a pressing public issue in Australia, as the nation witnessed a dramatic increase in immigration. This work, picturing a man emblazoned with and surrounded by symbols of cultural heritage, addresses questions of belonging, heritage and identity.