Still Thriving by Dylan Mooney

Monday 18 December 2023 - Sunday 25 February 2024

'Still Thriving' by Dylan Mooney, 2023, (detail) courtesy the artist and N. Smith Gallery.

Dylan Mooney is a proud Yuwi, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander man from Mackay in North Queensland working across painting, printmaking, digital illustration and drawing.

Influenced by history, culture and family, Mooney responds to community stories, current affairs and social media. Armed with a rich cultural upbringing, Mooney now translates the knowledge and stories passed down to him, through art. Legally blind, the digital medium’s backlit display allows the artist to produce a high-impact illustrative style with bright, saturated colour that reflects his experiences with keen political energy and insight. 

This blending of digital technology and social commentary is a uniting of the artist’s sense of optimism – pride within the works exude with profoundness and substance. Dylan is among artists who are rethinking digital technologies and artistic practices to consider contemporary issues around identity, desire and representation. Interested in the ways in which we can reframe the conversation around some of the voices that have been left out, the artist has made an important body of work that embodies a shift in representation of queer love among people of colour.

As an official exhibition of Victoria's Pride 2024, Still Thriving is presented courtesy of the artist, Dylan Mooney, and N.Smith Gallery. 

Victoria's Pride is delivered by Midsumma in partnership with the Victorian State Government. 

Reel created in collaboration with local Dja Dja Wurrung/Yorta Yorta artist ENOKI.

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Date and time:
8pm - 12am
Monday 18 December 2023 - Sunday 25 February 2024

Peel Street Park, Peel Street, Collingwood