image: Kieran Butler, Magic Circle – BLINDSIDE Thursday 25/01/2018; Melbourne, Victoria, 2018. Polaroid. 8.9cm x 10.7cm. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

image: Kieran Butler, Magic Circle – BLINDSIDE Thursday 25/01/2018; Melbourne, Victoria, 2018. Polaroid. 8.9cm x 10.7cm. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Kieran Butler

You’re That Person to Someone

Jan 28th - March 3rd

Opening night: Thursday 31st Jan 

You’re that person to someone is a dedication of love and devotion to the community that affirms I am who I am, You are who you are, and we can be the people we want to be. The title of the exhibition is taken from a quote I came across scrolling through Instagram on a day that I was feeling insecure about my identity and the work that I do. This day I needed an affirmation of who I am, my self-worth, and the value I have as a member of my communities.

“Remember what it felt like when you saw a queer person owning it, and it gave you permission to be yourself? You’re that person to someone.” - Juan pa

I was reminded of how my community inspires me to live in truth to myself and those around me. Sometimes it’s the kind words of the person next to you that affirms your truth, that you do have value, you are powerful, you are here, you are present and you are loved.

The work for this exhibition takes the form of a magician’s never-ending handkerchief and love locks. Each day a box will be unlocked and new words of affirmation will be added to the previous days. Mailbox Artspace will be turned into a port of call for those who need to be reminded you’re that person to someone.

In lieu of the way a magician’s trick affirms to a viewer that magic is real, words of affirmation remind the viewer that they are real.



Kieran is an emerging photographic artist who works across photography, installation, drag, costume, set and makeup design, performance and textiles. Their research looks at applying transgender studies as a methodology for examining non-binary models of contemporary photographic practice, gender identity, and where these two histories might speak to one another. Their practice is by no means definitive of LGBTQI+ experiences. It is one of the many stories that exist in spaces that are real and tangible, sometimes imagined, semi-fictional and fluid.

Kieran has recently exhibited works at BLINDSIDE (Melb, Vic) for their first interstate solo exhibition Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls, and will be exhibiting works for their second interstate solo exhibition Queen Size at ANCA (Dickson, ACT) in September. Kieran has also had solo exhibitions at Air Space (Marrickville, NSW 2017) and Gaffa (Sydney CBD, NSW, 2016). This year Kieran was a finalist in the MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize (Albury, NSW) and is currently a committee member for Cold Cuts Artist Run Initiative and is the full time Art & Design Manager for Arc @ UNSW Art & Design. They have also held volunteer positions on the committee of MOP projects, employed at Galerie Pompom and works as a freelance administrator, graphic designer and photographer for Sydney's LGBTQIA+ and Art & Design communities.

http://www.kieranbutler.net/