Lilah Benetti (AU)

Black and Blur

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Image: Lilah Benetti, from the series Black and Blur, 2024. Courtesy the artist.

Foregrounding Black queer identity.


27 January - 24 March


Footscray Community Arts (Outdoors) [i]
45 Moreland St, Footscray
24 hrs


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



Through this series featuring portraits of migrant and Indigenous Black individuals, artist Lilah Benetti recognises that Blackness is far from a monolithic identity; it’s a mosaic of cultural, ethnic, and global Indigenous backgrounds, shaped and coloured by the unique contexts from which we emerge.

Ethnographic research suggests that prior to Europeans claiming dominance in so-called Australia, there was little evidence of rigid binary constructs in Indigenous histories pre-colonisation. While many Western societies claim the reputation of being pioneers and forward-thinkers when it comes to gender identity, Indigenous cultures across the world have a long rich history of gender nonconformity and queerness that was erased by the ongoing brutality of colonisation.

“I believe when our Blackness and Queerness intersect, the possibilities are endless, bound only by the ways in which we choose to represent ourselves—and our ideas of what it means to be self-determinant,” says Benetti.

A Queer PHOTO exhibition curated by Brendan McCleary Commissioned by 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