Barbara Cleveland: Bad Timing

Saturday 6 June – Sunday 30 August 2020

Barbara Cleveland is an Australian artist collective directed by Diana Baker Smith, Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, and Kelly Doley, working on Gadigal land (Sydney). The collective take their name from the mythic feminist performance artist who they recovered from the margins of Australian art history and who has been a key feature in their work since 2010. Barbara Cleveland’s projects are informed by queer and feminist methodologies that draw on the historical lineages of both the visual and performing arts.  Their recent video and performance works are deliberations on history and memory as embodied action, as fiction, as mode of collaboration.

Image: Bad Timing 2017 (installation view), single channel HD video 7'28'.' Concept and Direction: Diana Baker Smith, Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore and Kelly Doley. Video editing: Kate Blackmore. Original music: Andrew McLellan. Commissioned by Hannah Matthews for The Humours, MUMA 2017. Installation image: Andrew Curtis. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.