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Deep Water Dream Girl

Athena Thebus

B-Sides Party
19 May 5pm–11pm
5–20 May
Wed–Sat 10am–6pm
Testing Grounds


This is not a ticketed event

Devotion, attachment and an unrelenting wet permeate Athena Thebus’ exhibition of video, sculpture and sound. The camera follows two cousins as they negotiate their separate but intertwining passages and mythologies. Although distinct from one another, each is deeply influenced by their Filipina mother. Moods shift tidally, a sleepy volcano awakens.

Channelling Sappho through fragments of punished desire and pride, the Sydney-based sculptor and lm-maker brings together her blood and “chosen” family to traverse notions of queerness, Catholicism, and Filipina femininity. Ricardo Morales-Arevalo appears as talent and muse, while club music producer Marcus Whale (Black Vanilla, Collarbones) and Jess Lavelle (Jikuroux) collaborate on the original score.

B-SIDES 19 May
This is your chance to see Marcus Whale and Jikuroux live score Deep Water Dream Girl, then party into the night with DJ sets and BTS scenes from the project.

Created by
Athena Thebus
Ricardo Morales-Arevalo and Jack Arevalo
Marcus Whale and Jess Lavelle
Additional Camera
Elbert Thebus
Athena Thebus

Deep Water Dream Girl has been assisted by City of Melbourne and  the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and Create NSW.

With thanks to my parents Elvira and Rainer Thebus and extended Arevalo family.