IWD 2024 Kathrin Longhurst: Women to the Front Exhibition
When: March 9, 2024
Where: Melbourne, Australia
'Women to the Front' is an exploration of the multifaceted roles women play in society.
Through oil and mixed media on linen, acclaimed Sydney artist Kathrin Longhurst weave together textured backgrounds and figurative paintings to create a narrative about women on the frontlines, their battles, and their unyielding strength as trailblazers and change-makers.
WHEN & WHERE:
Opening celebration exhibition will take place:
Saturday 9 March
1 - 3pm
Flinders Lane Gallery
Level 1, The Nicholas Building
Corners Flinders Lane & 37 Swanston Street
Kathrin Longhurst has been announced as a finalist in the 2023 Portia Geach Memorial Award. And Kath Longhurst has just completed two large scale paintings commissioned by Mirvac for the foyer of the brand new Liv Munro building in Melbourne.
ABOUT KATHRIN LONGHURST
Kathrin Longhurst's high-realist, figurative painting practice intentionally transforms difficult encounters of oppression and adversity into powerful and positive messages of hope and change. Having grown up in former communist East Germany, Longhurst's family escaped to Sweden when she was 15. The experience of this displacement, compounded by the jarring contrast between living within a totalitarian regime and that of a Western capitalist democracy was the spark that ignited Longhurst's enduring commitment to issues of social justice and freedom of speech.
Having travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia before finally settling in Australia, Longhurst possesses a unique understanding of human rights issues, the role of women and girls in society, as well as a keen awareness of the seductive power of advertising and the media. Her skillfully rendered images of women in states of defiant self-awareness layer themes of sexuality, propaganda and body image stereotypes to deconstruct and reassess the mechanisms at play within a given society. ‘Propaganda is all around us. It’s not specific to a period of time, a country or a regime…it’s everywhere’. This ingrained knowledge of political conditioning overtly operates within much of Longhurst's visual language and is the driving force behind her passion to use art to question, challenge and reinvent the ethics and values of today's contemporary culture.
Flinders Lane Gallery consistently features and champions the work of talented women artists.