Postgraduate Season at the SASA Gallery
Carly Snoswell: Beyoncé is a Port Supporter
May 13 - May 31 (Monday-Friday, 11AM-5PM)
Launch: Wednesday May 15, 5PM-7PM
"Beyoncé is a Port Supporter compiles a body of selected works created during a Masters by Research project. Through immersive, creative fan practices, this research examines how craft making can be a method of releasing the obsessive motivation that arises through continual, prolific engagement in fan communities and hobby crafts. The resulting artefacts have been developed through a process of immersion into my own subjects of fandom, including but not limited to Beyoncé, The Simpsons and the Port Adelaide Football Club. Through the making of devotional artefacts, my fannish affinities have become heightened, merging to create a specific personal amalgamation of fandom, and a deeper understanding of belonging.
Craft making and devotional fan communities have typically been dismissed by outsiders, labelled as self-indulgent with participants sometimes regarding their activities as ‘guilty pleasures’, best kept to themselves or as requiring justification. This research will unravel this condition: to validate the repetitive and obsessive practices that develop through involvement in pop culture and hobby crafts and challenge these notions of superficiality and inferiority that persistently adhere to them. The body of work behind Beyoncé is a Port Supporter provides a collection of devotional, excessive artefacts, which invite the audience to contemplate their own fanatical affinities, in order to highlight the importance of these communities in promoting social inclusion and helping to develop a greater sense of belonging and self."