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In/Visible: Persephone Thacker

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Monday, 16 January 2023 - 9:00AM to Saturday, 11 March 2023 - 5:00PM
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Visit the exhibition In/Visible by Persephone Thacker at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery.
Mirror-Short.jpg Persephone Thacker, In/Visible (Mirror), 2022, mixed media

This exhibition is part of the 2023 PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Fashion Culture Program presented by Arts in Maroondah. 

Persephone Thacker, emerging local artist and textile designer, shares her own unlearning of a lifetime of internalised fatphobia and aims to bolster fat representation with this exhibition of wearable textile works and digital images.   

“Existing while fat is a constant contradiction. It’s an unusual blend of hypervisibility, yet being completely overlooked.  It’s being told to better your health so as not to burden the healthcare system, yet continually having concerns dismissed as ‘obesity’ by medical professionals.  Told to exercise, yet laughed at in the gym. Being fetishised, yet your own sensuality is viewed as disgusting. Seeing companies spruik body inclusivity, yet only stocking up to size 16.” - Persephone Thacker.

Thacker’s artworks and textiles draw upon the concept of being 'hidden in plain sight.’  The works play with pleating, quilting, gathering and camouflage techniques, referencing a dynamic fullness and diversity of form to signal the process of becoming wholly and unapologetically visible as an artist and wearer.  They reclaim this figurative space in saturated colour, addressing fatphobia and lipoedema - a misunderstood and commonly misdiagnosed chronic disorder.       

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Persephone Thacker, In/Visible (Hands), 2022, mixed media

Exhibition launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of In/Visible and the adjacent exhibition OMISSION:

  • Thursday 9 February, 2023
  • 6pm to 7.30pm

RSVP online or by phoning 9298 4553

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Exhibition opening hours

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 4 March and Saturday 11 March: 9am to 12pm

In/Visible Bodies: In Conversation

  • Date: Thursday 9 March
  • Time: 6pm to 7.15pm
  • Speakers: Persephone Thacker, Frances Cannon, Silika Baselala, and Onella Muralidharan
  • Age Group: 18 and older 
  • Cost: Free

Join the In/Visible Bodies conversation hosted by Persephone Thacker with Frances Cannon, Silika Baselala, and Onella Muralidharan as they share perspectives on body in/visibility, fatphobia, pride and the role of art and fashion in the reclamation of space and self.

The talk is an opportunity to hear directly from these artists, advocates, designers and models in the creative, textile and fashion industries on the contradictions of being hypervisible yet invisible, along with how wearable forms and art can inform the process of acceptance and celebration of self.

Consider the complexities of art and fashion acting as a mirror of the moment but also shaping the future, and gain insight into finding and forming community online and IRL.Take the opportunity to see Persephone Thacker’s In/Visible exhibition onsite before or following the talk.

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This event is part of the 2023 PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Fashion Culture Program presented by Arts in Maroondah.

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Further information

For further information on this exhibition or others, contact Council on 1300 88 22 33.

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  • Monday, 16 January 2023 - 9.00AM to Saturday, 11 March 2023 - 5.00PM
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