Green Screen
  • Callum McGrath, 'River Torrens', 2017. Single projection, 4:56min

  • Installation View: Callum McGrath, 'River Torrens', 2017. Single projection, 4:56min. Photography: Louis Lim


Green Screen

Callum McGrath: River Torrens

13 March–24 March 201813 Mar–24 Mar 2018

IMA Screening Room


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. Presented in partnership with the Queensland Film Festival, the IMA’s Green Screen project focusses on presenting moving image works with a connection to Queensland.

Artist Bio
Callum McGrath

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.