Karla Dickens (Wiradjuri/IE/DE)

To See or Not to See

27 January - 24 March
[Hero] Karla Dickens_Looking at you VI 2017_Inkjet print_100 × 100 cm_Edition 3 or 60 × 60 cm_Edition 7 (1)

Image: Karla Dickens, Looking at you VI, 2017. Courtesy the artist and STATION, Australia.

Playful yet confronting self-portraits masking oppression and identity.


27 January - 24 March


Werribee Park Mansion [i]
Gate 2, K Rd, Werribee South
Daily, 10am – 5pm


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



Wiradjuri woman Karla Dickens brings a black humour to her interrogation of subjects such as race, gender and injustice, revealing her often raw pain along the way.

In this exhibition, Dickens’ studio self-portraits depict the artist in hoods with varying designs, acting as a reminder of the masking and oppression of recent Aboriginal experience.

“I’m not a politician; I’m an artist, a storyteller,” says Dickens. “With my art, I talk about my personal experiences. I don’t set out to make political statements. I am political simply because I am who I am – a single mother, a lesbian, a First Australian.”

A Queer PHOTO exhibition Presented by Wyndham City Council

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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