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Deborah Kelly is a Melbourne-born, Sydney-based artist. Her projects across media are concerned with lineages of representation, politics and history in public exchange, and practices of collectivity on small and large scale. Her works have been shown around Australia, and in the Biennales of Singapore, Sydney, Thessaloniki, Tarra Warra and Venice.
In 2017 her first international solo exhibition, Venus Envy, was shown at the Kvindemuseet in Denmark. In 2018 her second one-person European show, Life in the Ruins, was held at the Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie in Zurich, curated by Daniel Blochwitz.
Her work has been presented in group exhibitions at MOMA PS1 in NYC, the ICA in London, the Hammer Museum in LA and the Pera Museum in Istanbul.
Her moving image works are currently touring Australia in the exhibitions Craftivism and Moving Histories//Future Projections until 2020. She has recently participated in PhotoBasel, Switzerland; Strangelove Festival in Antwerp, Belgium; PortoFemme in Portugal; Spaced3 at the Art Gallery of WA, My Monster at RMIT Gallery and in the historical survey Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art & Feminismat ACCA in Melbourne.
The collaborative portrait project No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) she instigated for the 2014 Biennale of Sydney toured regional galleries 2015–2018, and moves to a permanent home in the Wellcome Trust Collection, London, from September 2019.
SELECTTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020 Deborah Kelly VS the Archive, Cross Arts Projects, Sydney (forthcoming)
2019 Magical Thinking, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney (online)
2018 Life in the Ruins, Fabian + Claude Walter Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
2018 No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory), Noosa Regional Gallery QLD + 11 Regional Galleries tour
2017 Venus Envy, Kvindemuseet, Aarhus, Denmark
2016 Scenes From The Death of Books Galleries, UNSW
2015 Deborah Kelly: Bodies of Work, Penrith Regional Gallery, NSW
2014 The Miracles, Tweed Heads Regional Gallery, touring to WPCC Dubbo, BRAG Bathurst, Counihan Gallery Melbourne
2013 Between Thresholds, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin
2011 Make More Monsters, Artspace, Sydney
2011 Awfully Beastly, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2009 Deborah Kelly, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
2009 Big Butch Billboard, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2007 Knicker Knot, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney