(Australia 1957 – )
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Destiny Deacon is a photo artist, video maker, performer, writer and broadcaster, whose images work to re-interpret, parody and make transparent cultural stereotypes. She was born in Maryborough, Queensland in 1957, however she was raised in Melbourne. Deacon has a Bachelor of Arts, major in politics, from the University of Melbourne (1979) and a Diploma of Education from La Trobe University (1981). Deacon has spent much time teaching in state secondary and community schools, at the University of Melbourne as a tutor and with the Commonwealth public service as a staff trainer.
Deacon's work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. Individual exhibitions include 'My Boomerang Won't Come Back' in Adelaide, Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand in 1994; and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne in 1995 and 1998.
Deacon's work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions including the fifth Havana Biennial 1994, Johannesburg Biennale 1995, second Asia-Pacific Triennial 1996, Melbourne International Biennale 1999, Perspecta 1995 and 1999, Biennial of Sydney 2000, 'Das Lied von der Erde, Kassel' 2001 and in this year's Yokohama Triennale, Japan. Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas
Marcia Langton, How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art, 'Issues: 'Aboriginal woman' and other Koori fantasies', pg. 196-198, Sydney, 2011, 188 (colour illus., detail), 197 (colour illus.).
Hetti Perkins, Art + soul: a journey into the world of Aboriginal art, 'Home + away', pg. 1-86, Carlton, 2010, 67 (colour illus.).
Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Focusing on the camera, the art of building the Gallery's photography collection', pg.13, Newtown, Mar 2002, 13 (colour illus.).
Editor Unknown (Editor), Handy Guide for Yokohama 2001: International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, 2001, 26 (illus.).