Image: 2020, Jacqui Gordon.
'Formerly Née' is a contemporary workshop and online exhibition by Arts Grant recipient and visual artist, Jacqui Gordon. The project follows the artist’s journey to connect with her maternal lineage by posing the question, ‘What would my surname be today if the tradition were to take my mother’s name?’ The exhibition draws upon real and imagined narratives to create a feminist collection of herstories and rediscover the stories left behind.
Jacqui Gordon is an artist working across installation, participatory performance and video. Her practice considers local stories and ways of representing history that challenge the dominant narratives in this country. She is currently undertaking a visual arts mentorship with Chako Kato from Slow Art Collective.
Chako Kato is an inter-disciplinary artist working across sculpture, drawing, installation and community-based projects. Collaboration and negotiation are crucial tenets of her work, with collective actions and communal discourse often performing as the primary material of her work. Kato's ambitious projects are often catalysed by simple impulses and frameworks, including reciprocity, negotiation and craft practices of weaving and knotting.