J Davies (AU/Māori-Takataapui)

In Case We Don’t Live Forever

01 March - 24 March
J DAVIES_T & S_2023_archival inkjet print_59.5 x 42 cm

Image: J Davies, T & S, 2023.

A photographic manifesto for a queer utopia.


01 March - 24 March


James Makin Gallery [i]
89 Islington St, Collingwood
Thu – Sun, 12 – 5pm
or by appointment


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



“From an early age, I would loudly and proudly declare that I wouldn’t see 30,” says artist J Davies. “That I would die young without any particular reasoning. As a 29 year old who spends a lot of time inside my own mind, I’ve come to realise that when I was young I had no visual examples of my future, no lives I was aspiring to live, no role models I was aspiring to be like. I wasn’t exposed to any form of adult queer persons who were not demeaned and degraded for their ‘lifestyle’ choices. I wasn’t exposed to any celebrations of queer family, or trans joy.”

In Case We Don’t Live Forever is a photographic archive of these lives—a celebration of resilience, survival and joy. With a carpe diem/live fast die young mentality, this selection of images presents as a queer utopia—a future for us to work towards, to protect.

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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