Queens of the Pub by Gerard O'Connor and Marc Wasiak

Queens of the Pub is an explosive new exhibition of photographic images and costumes by Gerard O'Connor and Marc Wasiak. The project honours the queen of the pub, diversity and recycling, with a cast of people of diverse ages, backgrounds, gender, and sexual orientation.

© Gerard O'Connor & Marc Wasiak. Screaming Queen.
© Gerard O'Connor & Marc Wasiak. Screaming Queen.

Throughout this photographic series, O'Connor and Wasiak have honoured the unsung heroes who are the resilient Queens and real people of St Kilda. The Queens of the Pub are the survivors and have created the places we love today. St Kilda was once the playground for the rich, then fell into being an unfashionable place in the late 1950s. Migrants, the LGBTQI community, musicians, and artists have helped to revive St Kilda and made it an attractive place to live, play, and work today.

© Gerard O'Connor & Marc Wasiak. Queen George.
© Gerard O'Connor & Marc Wasiak. Queen George.
Closet Queens. © Gerard O'Connor & Marc Wasiak.
© Gerard O'Connor & Marc Wasiak. Closet Queens.
© Gerard O'Connor & Marc Wasiak. Queens Coronation
© Gerard O'Connor & Marc Wasiak. Queen's Coronation

Gerard O'Connor and Marc Wasiak are an award winning artist duo who have worked together for over 20 years and have exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. In 2016, they exhibited in XIX Encuentros Abiertos, Festival de la Luz, Argentina, one of the largest photographic festivals in the world. In 2013, they exhibited at the Pingyao International Photography Festival –  China’s largest and longest-running art-photo event, and won the Jin Hou Niao Zun award for best international work. Their works are in the collection of Ministerio de Cultura in Argentina, the The Australian Embassy in Argentina and Government House, Canberra.

 

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