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May 10, 2021

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TIno La Bamba. Image Mark Shorter
Tino La Bamba. Image Mark Shorter


It is four years since the performance project Tino La Bamba: a Spaniard’s Journey to Lismore took place on the highways of rural NSW. The Great Tino La Bamba journeyed with brave Platanito (a self-made moped and Tino’s) through rural NSW on a mission from Sydney to Lismore.

In the spirit of Easy Rider meets Don Quixote … meets Captain Thunderbolt, Tino La Bamba travelled the perilous journey, clad in his elaborately collared, full-bodied spandex suit. He charmed people along the way, and many still puzzle over the curious encounters and conversations he provoked with unwitting strangers who crossed his path.

Tino exhibited in Lismore Regional Gallery’s 2009 exhibition, I am the Message, at the end of his journey.

The Tino La Bamba project has now been honoured in a book to be launched at Lismore Regional Gallery on Friday.

Humour was an obvious ingredient in the Tino La Bamba project, but it was also steeped in art and literary theory. As part of the book launch Mark Shorter will be interviewed by Dr Sean Lowry, who contributed to the publication with Shorter. The interview promises to provoke laughter and interesting discussion.

Mark Shorter is the artist behind La Bamba. Sean Lowry is an artist and academic, currently convenor of honours in creative and performing arts at the University of Newcastle.

The launch will take place on Friday 2 May, at 5.30 for 6pm.

Also currently showing at Lismore Regional Gallery are Living Things: Christopher LG Hill, Matt Dabrowski – a Lismore Regional Gallery exhibition, curated by Dr Wes Hill, coordinator of Southern Cross University Curatorial Lab.

Close to Home by Cec Bown, and Uranus by Jitka Donnelly in partnership with SCU Curatorial Lab.

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