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Exhibition Raises Important Questions

A new exhibition opening at the Backspace Gallery on Thursday 1 March will reflect on issues of religion, race, gender, orientation, nationality and freedom.

Internationally renowned artist John McRae will present the exhibition, Spot the Arab, until March 18.

Visitors are invited to assess the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of a range of portrait sitters, and what those assumptions mean.

Work from the series were included as a finalist in the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize at the Australian National Portrait Gallery from Rome, and a large installation of these portraits formed a solo show at Galleria Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome last year.

Born in Horsham, John McRae’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Sydney, Rome, Berlin, New York, and in group exhibitions in Ravello, Italy, and in Sydney.

McRae purposely blurs the lines between accepted norms while questioning such topics as nationalism, nomadism/migration and gender identity.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 1 March between 6-8pm at the Backspace Gallery, Huyghue House at Alfred Deakin Place.

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