27 January - 23 March
Image: Ahsin Ahsin, Pati Tyrell, [Navigator, Fili Tapa. Distorted Dream Land], 2019.

Image: Ahsin Ahsin, Pati Tyrell, Navigator, Fili Tapa. Distorted Dream Land, 2019.

A decade of groundbreaking work from queer Polynesian artist collective FAFSWAG.


27 January - 23 March


The Substation [i]
1 Market St, Newport
Wed – Sat, 12pm – 6pm


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



Meeting at the intersections of cultural archival practices, digital technology and queer Indigenous storytelling, Alteration presents a glimpse into the shapeshifting practice of FAFSWAG, an Aotearoa-based queer Polynesian arts collective.

Compiling a decade of artistic output, with two years of co-design, co-curation, research and production, this show presents a mixed media archival exhibition of significant works from the collective from 2013 to now.

Contemplating ancestry and legacy, reclaiming stolen narratives, speculating fictional futures, and redefining the cultural image of queer Pacific bodies living on stolen land, Alteration seeks to break down predictable, fixed colonial narratives.

Alteration is FAFSWAG’s landmark Australian show created by Jermaine Dean, Falencie Filipo, Tanu Gago, Tapuaki Helu, Elyssia Wilson Heti, Nahora Ioane, Hōhua Ropate Kurene, Moe Laga-Toleafoa, Ilalia Loau, Tim Swann, Pati Solomona Tyrell and James Waititi.

A Queer PHOTO exhibition presented by The Substation, Midsumma and PHOTO Australia Supported by Creative Victoria through the Victorian Government’s Go West Fund

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March