Departed Acts: Clinton Hayden, Clinton Hayden
“Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice”
Archie Barry, Jeremy Eaton, Clinton Hayden, Amy Spiers
Opening: at The Centre for Contemporary Photography, 6 - 8.30pm
Dates: Thursday 3 May
The second in a series of events taking place throughout 2018, ‘Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice’ at The Centre for Contemporary Photography will feature Archie Barrie, Jeremy Eaton, Clinton Hayden, and Amy Spiers.
‘Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice’, is a performance-lecture series presented in collaboration between CCP and Bus Projects. This program invites four queer Australian practitioners to recall an encounter with a pivotal artist, exhibition or experience, that has influenced their practice. For the iteration of ‘Departed Acts’ presented at CCP, practitioners have been asked to explore the potential histories, lineages and trajectories of queer artistic practice, both within their own practices and within a broader socio-political context.
Conducted with varying degrees of visual accompaniment, and with a critical playfulness towards the lecture format, ‘Departed Acts’ creates an idiosyncratic space where subjective memories can be indulged. Rather than focusing on objective testimony, ‘Departed Acts’ embraces the tangential nature of recollection, allowing for the factual and fictitious to intertwine. Intended as an open ended, train-of-thought exercise, ‘Departed Acts’ allows space for a personal, freely associative discourse, intending to provide a deeper and more intimate understanding of the creative process.
Clinton Hayden’s studio-based practice uses photography, objects and installation methods to investigate ideas of desire, intimacy and longing. Through the careful, poetic combination of photography and artist-made objects, Hayden works with the understanding of the photograph both as image and object. Hayden’s first solo ‘Objects for Rebels and Lovers’ at Beers London in 2015 was featured in the top five shows to see from London Time Out and Whitechapel Gallery. He exhibits work frequently, and has shown in London, Melbourne, New York and Reykjavik. Notable group shows include ‘The Gravity of Form’ at Beers London in 2013 and ‘Mistaken Identities’ at Modern Art Oxford in 2012. His published work includes the series ‘Hunting’ for Excerpt Magazine #4 2012, and the self published artist book ‘fugue’ in 2013. Hayden’s work is held in private collections in Melbourne, London and New York. Hayden obtained a MFA with Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology School of Art in 2011, and a BFA from the Australian National University School of Art in 2002.