Ravishing pint-sized techno songstress, LaDonna Rama forges a polymorphous path through Sydney's queer club and performance art scene. With her kooky pop posturing and menacing disco grooves, her debut self-titled release fuses a heady combination of dark experimental house, campy techno, new wave and perverted pop. For the Dream Merchant opening at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery as part of the Broken Heel Festival, LaDonna Rama will perform a live set of her music. the performance will use tracks accompanied by live singing and choreography.
In the midst of LaDonna Rama's performance, dressed in a handmade ivory Edwardian gown, Liam Benson will inhabit the facade of a white lady and interact with his audience through an act of exchange. Benson will invite audience members to discuss their opinions surrounding the notion of whiteness, asking 'what do you thin of white people'? Audience participants can design their own image to be drawn on to the dress, or add to other existing designs. In between performances, Benson embroiders the illustrations using sequins, beads, fabric and thread. For the opening of Dream Merchant at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and as part of the Broken Heel Festival, Benson will roam the exhibition and it's surroundings as the White Lady.
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is located at 404 - 408 Argent Street, Broken Hill. Broken Hill is the largest regional outback centre in Western New South Wales, positioned close to the South Australian border and midway between the Queensland and Victorian borders. Broken Hill is a culturally rich and diverse environment. Famous for its mining industries, silver and mineral deposits, and unionism, the city today is also identified by the strength of its arts community, and number of artists and galleries in the region. The town is also the home of The Brushmen of the Bush, a celebrated group of Australian artists including Pro Hart, Jack Absalom, Hugh Schulz, Eric Minchin and John Pickup, who took paintings of outback Australia to the world.