Magical Woman

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Magical Woman

Aaqil Sumito and Sophie Nixon
8 September - 23 September

Curated by Aaqil Sumito and Sophie Nixon.

Exhibiting artists: Amy McGivern, Astro Francis, Sam Huxtable, Shannon Marlborough, Natsumi de Dianous and Pip Lewi.

Magical Woman has been developed to provide a platform for six emerging women and non-binary artists to explore representations of romance in film and popular culture. Taking into consideration the intersections of racism, misogyny, queer exclusion and trans exclusion — artists have used the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope as a starting point to produce a new body of work.

Emerging artists, Amy McGivern, Astro Francis, Sam Huxtable, Shannon Marlborough, Natsumi de Dianous and Pip Lewi have worked closely with Sumito and Nixon. Producing work across a variety of mediums including animation, comic art, video, installation, textile soft-sculpture, and ceramics.

“Magical Woman arises from the hope that those in our audience who identify as queer and/or feminist are given a safe space to discuss ideas within the artworks without fear of bigotry and ridicule. And that those unfamiliar with these themes, can contribute to a continuing conversation needed to critically engage with pervasive problematic representations that we try to address in this exhibition.” – Aaqil Sumito, Co-Curator.

Cover Image: REAL DREAM, 2018, digital photographic print, courtesy of artist Sam Huxtable.


Magical Woman is supported by Healthway, promoting the Drug Aware Message, and Propel Youth Arts WA.

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