Simone O'Brien / by Deborah Kelly and collaborators

  • Kelly, Deborah, 1962-
Part of:
No human being is illegal (in all our glory), 2014-2019
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About this work

Also known as

Simone O'Brien from No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory). Collaged photograph by Deborah Kelly and collaborators, 2014-2018.



Physical description

1 collage : colour photographic print on aluminum, mixed media collage ; 210 x 109 cm


One in a series of 20 life-sized collaborative photographic portraits originally commissioned for the 19th Biennale of Sydney 'You Imagine What You Desire', held 21 Mar 2014 - 9 Jun 2014.
"'I have had a total colectomy (removal of the large intestine) and have a great scar from breast bone to pubic bone.' Simone was an acrobat, whose survival of illness and injury has given her an intense life force. Based on the Japanese practice of 'kintsugi', her scar has been celebrated in gold, contributed by the people of Albury."--Quote from Simone O'Brien and artist's notes on subjects.
Title supplied by artist.

Exhibitions note

Exhibited at the 19th Biennale of Sydney 'You Imagine What You Desire', 21 March 2014 - 9 June 2014.
Exhibited in an Australian touring exhibition 'No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory)', 2015 - 2018.


Wellcome Collection 3198528i

Ownership note

Purchased by Wellcome Collection in 2019


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