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Breathing Bodies

29 January 2022 - 06 March 2022

Breathing Bodies

Narelle Delle Baite

Narelle Delle Baite, Untitled (detail), 2021, Digital photographic print.

Narelle Delle Baite’s Breathing Bodies is a collection of digital photographic portraits of women inspired to disturb modern myths surrounding the female identity. The exhibition does this through the proposition of alternative concepts of inherent beauty. The approach to the portraits reflects Delle Baite’s underlying concern with narrow and unrealistic physical female beauty ideals in contemporary visual culture used against women. The artist reflects on how this limits women's potential and results in adverse psychological and physical effects. As visual representations of female beauty are limited mainly to the physical, she seeks to make visible the invisible in her portraits. The artworks created in the studio illustrate the development of a new aesthetic through practice-led research centred on digital photographic practices, beauty, and feminist aesthetics.

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Visitors must wear masks upon entry and comply with Umbrella’s COVID19 Safety Plan and directives.

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29 January 2022 -
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Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region - Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal - as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

Umbrella is a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.