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Named for a mythic feminist performance artist, Barbara Cleveland are an Australian artist collective directed by Diana Baker Smith, Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore and Kelly Doley. Their intimately-made film This is a stained glass window (2019) draws on conceptual art and performance documentation to self-reflexively survey their then-15-year collaborative relationship, inspired by a description of the friendship between Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy as a “thinking business for and with each other”. Within the work, they explore topics such as labour and support, from a unique and multilayered perspective.

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Diana Baker Smith - Frances Barrett - Kate Blackmore - Kelly Doley

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