In August 2019, (Europe’s Summer) Matto Lucas travelled through 13 different countries, in the back of an Audi convertible. Part retro road trip, part travel log, Frontier is an experimental video artwork about a queer body existing in various new geographies, documenting an organic experience; a journey, and discovering the multitude of landscapes while telling multiple intersecting narratives and exploring the transient spaces one occupies in transit.
The very nature of the term “border” is a binary of itself, creating both division, exclusion and the notion of transgression in order to traverse. A border can be seen as in relating to Julia Kristeva’s notions of “abjection” (as written about in her essay “Powers Of Horror”) in regards to a wound: to traverse the border of the outside skin to the inside organs, creates an abject response. What does this mean when these borders are fictional, or synthetic? What does this mean when these borders only exist within man-made rule? What does this mean when these borders are a hurdle between life and death as it is for asylum seekers, refugees or queer people seeking human rights? What research has to be done before entering a new “country” as a queer traveller? Or, in relation to constructed bureaucratic spaces, such as the European Schengen Zone, what power do these invisible walls have on an organic environment?
Matto Lucas was awarded a Lifetime Membership to Midsumma (2013) for his continuous work and commitment as a visual artist within the LGBTQI community.
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|Opening||Fri 31 Jan 7pm|
|Exhibition||31 Jan-13 Feb | Mon-Fri 10am-4pm | Sat, Sun 11am-3pm|
Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre - Joel Gallery
5 Sargood St, AltonaGet directions
TrainWerribee line to Altona
BusBus 411, 412 to Altona Station/Blyth St | bus 903 to Altona Station/Railway St Sth