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Yayoi Kusama’s art grew out of rebellion and continues as a daily obsession – this despite being in her 88th year, having mobility issues, and living in a Tokyo psychiatric hospital for the past four decades. Her parents, merchants who ran an agricultural warehouse, had wanted her to wed a man of the same Japanese social status that her sister had married. In defiance, she painted day and night.

Her trailblazing performance art while based in New York between 1957 and 1972 would include group nudity.


Growing up in Melbourne, Maggie McKenna suffered more than her fair share of schoolyard taunts. Singled out because her mum Gina Riley is a famous comedian and singer, Maggie was an easy target, not least because she liked to get up and perform herself.

"I struggled through school. I was very shy and self-conscious about everything I did," Maggie, 21, recalls. "I got bullied very early on in school, because I was known, because of my mum."




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