The Grainger Studio, Fri Nov 28
Hannah Gadsby’s studies in the fine arts may not have led her to a career as an artist or curator, but it has provided her with some comedy gold in The Exhibitionist. She informs the audience that she fixates on all the aspects of the portrait painting that you shouldn’t technically focus on. This might be the completely disinterested expression on someone’s face, the type of dog they chose to be painted next to them, the completely obvious crotch bulge or incredibly tight buttocks clench. The question often was… What was the painter thinking?
The giant screen next to Hannah projected the centuries-old portrait paintings, the more modern selfie portrait as well as her own visual legacy. She questioned if she died, what photos would be seen at her funeral? She cringed at the thought of her mother using the awkward 1990’s photo on top of her coffin that currently sits on the mantle.
Hannah Gadsby is absolutely hilarious and her popularity could only grow after tonight’s performance with the amount of laughs in the crowd.
Some of the highlights were the jokes about how world leaders are portrayed through photos, including comparisons shown between Vladimir Putin and Justin Bieber and how social media trolls would comment on fine art portraits. Hannah Gadsby certainly makes fun of herself by bringing out her most embarrassing childhood photos.
She has sold out the rest of her Feast Festival performances, so make sure you buy your tickets early when she returns for the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival. She is certain to sell-out quickly!
by Bobby Goudie
Hannah Gadsby performs The Exhibitionist at The Grainger Studio until Sat Nov 29.
Book at Feastix on 8463 0694 or www.feast.org.au.