Hear from artist Callum McGrath as he discusses his work River Torrens, presented as part of the IMA’s Green Screen program, on display in the IMA Screening Room 13–24 March, 2018.
Callum McGrath’s River Torrens, was filmed on the banks of the Torrens River in Adelaide, at the exact site where gay academic Dr George Duncan was murdered in 1972. Duncan’s alleged murder by three police officers—who were never charged—was a catalyst for homosexual law reform in Australia. McGrath uses his work to mediate his cultural inheritance of homosexual male narratives, River Torrens operates as a sombre reflection on the history of queer experience.
Informed by queer history and experiences, McGrath’s practice disrupts and negotiates representations of the queer male identity. His work has been featured in various group and solo exhibitions including: Passing, West Space, Melbourne; HATCHED, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth; Rose Tinted, FELTspace, Adelaide; and Site (re) Constructed, Bus Projects, Melbourne. He is a founding co-director of Cut Thumb ARI. McGrath has obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) with first class Honours at the Queensland University of Technology (2016) and was awarded the Eyeline Prize for an Outstanding Visual Arts Graduate.