Callum McGrath’s River Torrens, was filmed on the banks of the Torrens River in Adelaide, at the exact site where gay academic Dr George Duncan was murdered in 1972. Duncan’s alleged murder by three police officers—who were never charged—was a catalyst for homosexual law reform in Australia. McGrath uses his work to mediate his cultural inheritance of homosexual male narratives, River Torrens operates as a sombre reflection on the history of queer experience.
The IMA is pleased to present River Torrens as part of the 2018 Green Screen program. The work is on display in the IMA Screening Room, 13–24 March 2018, with an artist talk 21 March, 6pm.
Informed by queer history and experiences, McGrath’s practice disrupts and negotiates representations of the queer male identity. His work has been featured in various group and solo exhibitions including: Passing, West Space, Melbourne; HATCHED, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth; Rose Tinted, FELTspace, Adelaide; and Site (re) Constructed, Bus Projects, Melbourne. He is a founding co-director of Cut Thumb ARI. McGrath has obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) with first class Honours at the Queensland University of Technology (2016) and was awarded the Eyeline Prize for an Outstanding Visual Arts Graduate.