1 Jul 2023 - 24 Sep 2023 | 10.00am - 5.00pm

Hopper Gallery

1 July – 24 September 2023

Launch 1 July 2023

Paradoxes of Paradise is an exhibition curated by Creative Hybrids Lab (CHL), an international collective of artists who are also organ transplant recipients critically engaging with their lived experience of chronic illness and transplantation.

Image: Dylan Mortimer 'AIRWAY CLEARANCE,' 2015. Glitter and Paint on Paper. 

Organ Transplantation, also known as the Gift of Life and a Second Chance of Life, frequently has an aura of paradisaical mystique surrounding it. With good reason: transplantation is truly transformational. Yet there is much more to transplantation than what is conveyed by mass media and medical professionals.

CHL seeks through a variety of mediums to hold space for and elevate the voices of the vulnerable. Sometimes a transformation can be so overpowering that one can never ‘return to normal.’

We live within the context of a culture which perpetuates gaps between stories told about illness and disability, and actual lived experience. Our culture wants us to say that our transplants have returned us to normal life, but the reality is different. Transplant recipients depend on toxic medication to stay alive, and exist permanently immunosuppressed, which inevitably takes a physical and mental health toll.

Paradoxes of Paradise features works exploring the various paradoxes of the paradise that is transplantation, created and curated by CHL members: Andrea Barrett (UK), Bianca Willoughby (AUS), Dominic Quagliozzi (USA), Dylan Mortimer (USA) and Tereza Crvenkovic (AUS). Touching on environmental sustainability, facets of medical trauma, spiritual influences, and more, it is a show not to be missed for those with an open mind, and the curiosity to step into the mindscape of organ recipients.

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Creative Hybrids Lab (CHL), an international collective of artists who are also organ transplant recipients critically engaging with their lived experience of chronic illness and transplantation. CHL members include: Andrea Barrett (UK), Bianca Willoughby (AUS), Dominic Quagliozzi (USA), Dylan Mortimer (USA) and Tereza Crvenkovic (AUS).


Andrea was named“Upcoming Researcher- Artist’ at the Hybrid Bodies/Hybrid Minds Symposium (2019) by Concordia University in Montreal, for her undergrad thesis, also where she co-founded Creative Hybrids Lab, she has lived in two world at once since March 2020, and now campaigns as a Patient Representative with NHS Blood and Transplant. Her work explores the philosophical, psychological, cultural and sustainability dimensions underpinning transplantation, as well as chronic illness/ disability (in)justice and power dynamics, and has been featured in Lambda Nordica and TransplantWorld journals. Her first book, Transplant Participants As Performers: The Mask of The Clinic Self is due to be released in 2023.


Bianca is a disabled transgender Walbanja, Yuin woman working in video, sound, performance, photography and installation. Bianca’s ground-breaking experimental interdisciplinary practice involves collaboration with artists and practitioners from a variety of creative fields including dance, theatre, 3D and VR design, performance, drag, music, costumes and textiles. Her work is informed by queer/crip theory and trans/ queer activism. She also performes in queer spaces under her stage name as Bianca River Moon. Bianca’s work and practice has undergone many incarnations over time, making visible the hidden aspects of her identity and lived experience of neurodiversity, disability, chronic mental and physical illness, Aboriginality and cis-gender non-conformity. Bianca was the recipient of the inaugural 2017 CreateNSW Artist With Disability Fellowship for skills development and the 2019 360Vision VR grant and numerous Australia Council new work and development grants since 2008. She has performed and exhibited at Performance Space’s Liveworks 2018 Festival at Carriageworks, Science Gallery London’s exhibition Spare Parts and was an ambassador and exhibiting artist for The Big Anxiety Festival in 2019 and recently in the exhibition Whole Self curated by Jake Adam Treacy at The Incinerator Gallery Melbourne for Midsumma Festival in 2022. She was artist in residence at Critical Path PYT Choreography lab in 2022 and was a panelist and advisor in PYT’s World Pride events program in 2023. Bianca has worked extensively as an arts worker in video production for artists and institutions working with such luminaries as Karla Dickens, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Amala Groome, Kate Scardifield, Helen Pynor, Tracy Moffat, Nicole Monks and many more. Bianca is a peer reviewer for the Australia Council and an advisor for Accessible ARTs NSW.


Dominic Quagliozzi received an MFA in Studio Arts from Cal State University, Los Angeles and a BA in Sociology from Providence College. His work is in the permanent collection at the RISD Museum and a collaborative work in the permanent collection at Museum of Latin American Art, in Long Beach, CA. He has exhibited work in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Providence and Denmark. In 2018, he was a Keynote speaker at the Nexus Summit for interprofessional care and education at the University of Minnesota. He is on the Arts Council for Creative Healing for Youth in Pain. He has given workshops and lectures at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine, Chapman University, Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Long Beach.


Dylan Mortimer graduated with a BFA Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York.  He has created public art installations in the US and abroad.  His exhibition history includes David Zwirnir Gallery, Columbia University, The Longwood Arts Gallery in the Bronx, the Dumbo Arts Center, PS 122 Gallery in New York, the Kansas City Jewish Museum, the Nerman Museum in Overland Park, KS, and the Haw Contemporary in Kansas City.  He has been featured in the New York Times, The New York Post, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun, The Baltimore Sun, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, The Kansas City Star, The San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate, The Daily Mail (UK) Metro News (UK), Sculpture Magazine, Public Art Review, and several other publications internationally.


Tereza is an interdisciplinary artist who works across literary writing, storytelling, digital and photographic media, dance, performance and cross-cultural genres.

A 2-x kidney transplant recipient (1992 & 2017) and stroke survivor (2009), Tereza’s creative work explores the complexities and contradictions of her life with chronic renal failure from childhood onwards. Her objective is to shine a light on the personal, silent narratives of the patient/survivor otherwise concealed from public view. Bodily, sensory and psycho-emotional experience are central to her work.

Tereza’s creative process is informed by phenomenology, Somatic Experiencing, Gestalt therapy, the felt sense, yogic philosophy, embodiment theories, queer crip theory, and the Croatian/Bosnian Diasporic experience.

A second generation Australian of Croatian/Bosnian ancestry, Tereza was a dancer, vocalist and dance instructor with Koleda Croatian Folkloric Ensemble Sydney for over 40 years. Her experience includes 100s of community-based performances Australia-wide, 3 tours of Croatia and Bosnia Hercegovina, regular performances at the SOH, and 2 studio albums.

Tereza holds an MPhil in Performance Studies (USYD), an MA in Theatre Studies (UNSW), a BA Hons in English Literature (USYD) and Grad Dip in Creative Writing (USYD). She also attended Zagreb University on a 6-month scholarship to study carnival traditions. Tereza is a Certified Focusing Professional with the International Focusing Institute, NY, and a trained Yoga teacher. Her literary work has appeared in Hektoen International, Spineless Wonders and Kaleidoscope.

This is Tereza’s first collaboration with Bosnian Artist and Creative Consultant Andrijana Miler.

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