A Ritual of Handstands

Larissa Mac Farlane
Thursday, 10 August 2017 to Monday, 20 November 2017
Ren Gregoric

‘A Ritual of Handstands’ is an installation of paste-up handstand artworks in the WAG Window Wells of the WAG building.


The artwork is part of Mac Farlane’s ongoing investigation into her daily ritual of performing handstands. Over the past 13 years, Ma Farlane has done at least 1 handstand every day, inside and outside, in the streets and stairwells, against trees and brick walls, in the city and at the beach, often in unexpected places. These are not public performances but private moments that bring the artist grounding, pain relief and joy. They are in fact a key part of Mac Farlane’s management of her brain injury. This installation is a complement to the Dangerous Deeds exhibition, which explores identity and the breaking down of disability stereotypes.


Images: 'A Ritual of Handstands' installation in progress.


Larissa Mac Farlane

Larissa Mac Farlane is a Melbourne-based artist working across the mediums of printmaking, street art and community arts practice. Her work is inspired by the urban-industrial landscape of Melbourne’s West, as well as her experiences of brain injury and disability, belonging and place, healing and change, and ways that we can celebrate what we love here and now. Larissa Mac Farlane has been involved in the Dangerous Deeds touring exhibition, now on at the WAG, as an artist, activist and facilitator.