Happy Union card

Happy Union

WAG 2017.16

On display


Matt Smith is an artist and curator. He is interested in the way collections in museums are displayed and interpreted to create a particular view of the past. His work explores how museum collections can be re-framed from an LGBT+ perspective. ‘Happy Union’ was made in response to the legalisation of gay marriage in 2013. For it, Smith replaced the head of a female figure on a decorative figurine with a male head to create a same-sex couple. Smith’s practice exemplifies how contemporary artists can use their practice to give a voice and visibility to LGBT+ artists and history within collections that have typically overlooked or supressed queer histories and voices.