WYNDHAM ART GALLERY presented new work by SUSAN FORRESTER who looks at questions of identity. Susan is a LGBTIQ woman of Scottish/Somali Heritage, Identity has always been a question she has been forced to answer. The well known cultural theorist Stuart Hall asked the question, “How much do we retain and how much do we give up of our cultural identity in order to be ourselves?”
Identity is an issue that is difficult to define. Stuart Hall calls it the ‘ever-unfinished conversation’.
Forrester uses video, installation, sculptural objects and photographs to participate in a dialogue with artists, audience and community members about the complex issues raised by this question.
The British artist, film-maker and writer John Akomfrah investigates notions of culture, ethnic and personal identity and says of Stuart Hall, “With him and through him we began to ask the indispensable questions of that conversation: who are we, what are we and what could we become.”
Susan explored these questions into an Australian and a LGBTIQ context in the Midsumma exhibition IDENTITY