An NGV podcast with Courtney Act

Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection with Courtney Act is a five-part podcast series, produced by the NGV, that delves into the artworks and themes explored in the landmark exhibition QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection currently on display at NGV International until 21 August 2022.

The podcast will be hosted by iconic Australian drag queen Courtney Act who rose to international fame appearing on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Courtney Act is a performer, presenter, author and advocate for queer rights, tolerance, and acceptance.

Listen to the podcast below or on Amazon, Apple Podcasts and Spotify apps.

Episode 1: Queer Community & Activism with Tourmaline

In episode one of the podcast New York-based artist, activist, filmmaker, and writer Tourmaline talks about her work which highlights the capacity of Black queer and trans people and communities to make and transform worlds including her 2017 film Atlantic is a sea of bones which features in the exhibition. Also in this episode, Meg Slater, NGV Assistant Curator of International Exhibition Projects discusses how the themes of community and activism are represented in the exhibition.

Episode 2: Celebration and Memory with William Yang

In this episode Courtney Act interviews photographer, writer, and performer William Yang, whose body of documentary and portraiture photography work since 1970 has engaged with the Sydney gay scene, the impact of HIV/ AIDS and his sense of identity as a Chinese-Australian. Yang discusses his two works in QUEER titled William in Scholar’s Costume, from the Old New Borrowed Blue series (2008) and Battling Time (2010). Courtney also chats with Dr Ted Gott, Senior Curator of International Art, NGV about queer royalty and representations of celebration and memory throughout the exhibition.

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Episode 3: Queer Sensibilities with Linda Jackson

In episode three pioneering Australian fashion designer Linda Jackson AO is interviewed about her practice, collaborations with fellow artists and designers, and her work Black and White Calligraphy (1978) on display in QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection. Also in this episode, Dr Angela Hesson, Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980, NGV, discusses Queer Sensibilities, what this means, and how these ideas are represented in the works on show in the exhibition.

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Episode 4: Queer Strategies with Frieda Toranzo Jaeger

Mexican artist Frieda Toranzo Jaeger discusses her work from the NGV Collection autofellatio, 2018, which explores automotive ‘mythology’, colonialism, and sensuality. Also in this episode, Pip Wallis, Curator of Contemporary Art, NGV discusses queer strategies and how these techniques are represented in works throughout the exhibition QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection.

Episode 5: Love with Dylan Mooney

Dylan Mooney, a Yuwi man from Mackay, Queensland, Torres Strait Islander from Darnley Island and Australian born South Sea Islander is the youngest artist represented in QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection. In this episode, Courtney Act and Dylan Mooney discuss the artists digital artworks which depict queer and Blak urban love stories. Courtney also chats to Myles Russell-Cook, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art, NGV about artworks that explore the theme of love in the QUEER exhibition.

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