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Larissa MacFarlane (VIC)

A woman dressed in a patterend purple and pink outfit stands against a wall and points up at a sign. The sign says Nothing.

Credit: Jacqui Ward

Pathways Panel

Larissa MacFarlane is a Melbourne based artist and disability activist, working across the mediums of printmaking, artist books, street art and a community art practice.

Her work is inspired by the urban industrial landscapes of Melbourne’s West, as well as her experience of disability, to investigate ideas of belonging and place, healing and change, and ways that we can celebrate what we have here and now.

Larissa began her visual art practice in her 30s after her brain injury rearranged her talents. She completed a Diploma in Visual Arts (CAE) in 2010, has been regularly exhibiting since 2006 and has won many awards.

Larissa has also become known for her street art practice that investigates her daily ritual of performing handstands, a key part of her disability self-management. In 2017, these handstand art works were exhibited at the Melbourne Arts Centre and the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Larissa has also led and collaborated on many community art projects, including working with Brain Injury Matters, the Self Advocacy Resource Unit, Arts Access Victoria and Footscray Community Arts Centre. She was a key member of the recent Dangerous Deeds, a 2-year traveling multimedia exhibition, presenting a snapshot of the Victorian Disability Rights movement alongside self-advocacy workshops.

In 2017, she staged two large collaborative paste-up murals in Footscray exploring Disability Pride. One of these was dramatically thrown into the media spotlight after it was destroyed a week later on IDPWD. This Disability Pride mural has only just been reinstalled with great fanfare and pride as part of the current Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Larissa is also currently vice president of Brain Injury Matters, Australia’s leading self advocacy ABI group, run by and for people with ABI.

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24 - 26 September

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