Me and Virginia's doll 1997
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Destiny talks about her work
|Artist's Name:||Destiny DEACON|
|Destiny Deacon was born in 1957 of K'ua K'ua and Erub/Mer peoples in Maryborough, Queensland. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) at The University of Melbourne in 1979 and a Diploma of Education at La Trobe University, Melbourne in 1981, after which she commenced working as a history teacher. She began taking photographs in 1990 and first exhibited her work that same year.
Deacon's work was included in Aboriginal Women's Exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and Kudjeris, at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Sydney in 1991. She held her first solo exhibition, Caste Offs, at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney in 1993, and participated in Can't See for Lookin' - Koori Women Educating at the Access Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Australian Perspecta 1993 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales that same year.
Deacon exhibited her work extensively in 1994 in exhibitions including Blakness: Blak City Culture! at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; An Eccentric Orbit: Electronic Media Art from Australia at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Urban Focus: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from the Urban Areas of Australia at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and Tyerabarrbowaryaou II, as part of the 5th Havana Biennial, Cuba. She held two solo exhibitions, My Boomerang Won't Come Back, at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide and Smiling Dangerously at Hogarth Galleries, Sydney that same year.
Deacon participated in the exhibition Mistaken Identitites as part of Africus, the inaugural Johannesburg Biennale in 1995, and held the solo exhibition Welcome to Never Never at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne. Her work was included in Photography is Dead: Long Live Photography! at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the touring exhibition Abstracts: New Aboriginalities in 1996.
Deacon held the solo exhibition No Fixed Dress in conjunction with the Melbourne Fashion Festival at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1997, and exhibited in both Lawyers, Guns & Money at the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide and Inya Dreams (part of the Festival of the Dreaming, Olympic Arts Festival) at The Performance Space, Sydney. She held the solo exhibition It Won't Rub Off Baby!: New Work at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1998 as well as participating in Ceremony, Identity and Community at Flinders Art Museum Adelaide and the on-line exhibition Facing it at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Deacon also works with video, and is a writer, broadcaster and performer. She was raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brunswick, where she works from her living room/studio.