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Next Wave Festival: Deep Water Dream Girl

May 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - May 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm AEST

Devotion, attachment and an unrelenting wet permeate Athena Thebus’ exhibition of video, sculpture and sound. The camera follows two cousins as they negotiate their separate but intertwining passages and mythologies. Although distinct from one another, each is deeply influenced by their Filipina mother. Moods shift tidally, a sleepy volcano awakens.

Channelling Sappho through fragments of punished desire and pride, the Sydney-based sculptor and lm-maker brings together her blood and “chosen” family to traverse notions of queerness, Catholicism, and Filipina femininity. Ricardo Morales-Arevalo appears as talent and muse, while club music producer Marcus Whale (Black Vanilla, Collarbones) and Jess Lavelle (Jikuroux) collaborate on the original score.

Deep Water Dream Girl opens May 4, and is showing May 5th-20th Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-6pm, with a B-Sides Party on May 19th 5-11pm. This is a free screening. Secure your tickets here.


May 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am
May 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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1 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006 + Google Map

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