On May 11, 1972, the body of Dr George Duncan was found on the river banks of the Torrens in central Adelaide. The men responsible for his murder were three members of the South Australian Vice Squad – notorious for violent policing of gay men’s activities in cruising grounds or ‘beats’. The incident led to South Australia decriminalizing homosexual relations between consenting adults in 1975 – the first such bill in Australia.
Artist Callum McGrath commemorates Duncan’s death, and the accumulated traumas of LGBTQI+ histories, in POOFTA, an exhibition of new video works running through June at Brisbane’s Metro Arts. By engaging with the Australian queer history in its salient moments of violence, as well as artistic legacies and family biography, and sports, McGrath’s installation examines ambiguities and complexities of queer male identity, and masculinity at large.
Where: Metro Arts Gallery Level 2, 2/109 Edward St, Brisbane, QLD
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