How could you not be drawn to a heading like Mother Nature is a Lesbian? This is the provocative title for an exhibition at the Flinders Gallery that explores political printmaking in South Australia from 1973 to 1988.
It is a tribute to radical poster art and the exhibition has been curated by the gallery’s exhibition manager, Celia Dottore, who had a huge amount to select from. The themes include war, feminism, race relations, workers’ rights, sexual equality and protection of the environment. The exhibition takes its name from an 1980’s poster that was produced by the Anarchist Feminine Poster Collective.
While intended to cheap mass production to be used in rallies, marches or as bill posters, this was the pre-digital age so all the posters are hand-printed. Politically this was the era of the SA Don Dunstan led government and federally spans Gogh Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke.
The Flinders City Gallery is within the State Library on North Terrace – it is a large, spacious room towards the back left hand side of the main entrance foyer. The exhibition will run until July 13 and gallery hours are 11:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday and noon to 4:00pm on weekends.
If you are visiting Adelaide, Rydges South Park on South Terrace can look after all your accommodation needs.