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10 November — 10 November

5:30 pm — 7:30 pm

Opening Event, Performance

NorthSite – Exhibition Opening

NorthSite Contemporary Arts

A welding helmet covered in gold jewels

Join us at NorthSite Contemporary Arts for the exhibition opening of The Ascended by Chantal Fraser.

Chantal Fraser, a Sāmoan artist from Aotearoa/New Zealand, explores themes of capitalism and state authority through photography, performance, and sculpture, often incorporating ornamentation and personal adornment. Her work has been exhibited at renowned galleries in Australia, Canada, and France. The Ascended is a Griffith University Art Museum touring exhibition, curated by Naomi Evans.

This opening event will be enhanced by Welcome to Country by Minjil and a live performance from the Pasifika Collective Group, with the rhythmic and cultural expressions of traditional Samoan dance. Catering by Freshies Island Food, a family-owned business, carrying the culinary food influences of Polynesian ancestors with a modern twist. 

Join us for a unique event where we celebrate Chantal’s work while savouring live performances and Oceanic cuisine together.


The Ascended by Chantal Fraser
The Ascended exhibition crystallises Fraser’s exploration of power and class through her anti-colonial and anti-capitalist strategies, developing a theory that links ornamentation, personal protective devices and protest aesthetics as means to subvert and liberate identities. Fraser’s multimedia practice has garnered significant acclaim within Australian contemporary art and reflects the complexity of lived experiences for diasporic Sāmoan and Pasifika communities.

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Chantal Fraser: The Ascended is a Griffith University Art Museum touring exhibition, curated by Naomi Evans.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


November 10
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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NorthSite Contemporary Arts
96 Abbott Street
Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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NorthSite Contemporary Arts
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