Testa Dura II (Mule Head II)

National Exhibition Register

  • Cosmic Egg
    Vince Vozzo Cosmic Egg, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    198 x 195 cm
    Image Credit
    Photo by Edumond Thommen

About the exhibition

I was born to Italian parents in 1954 and raised in the southwestern suburbs of Sydney, a region that has one of the most culturally diverse communities. This experience of growing up in Sydney's perceived outskirts, in a community that is defined through migration has influenced my own construction of self and artistic practice. In this exhibition I am exploring my Italian Australian heritage and how it has inspired my art practice. I am also investigating the Italian diaspora throughout Australia and researching it through my own family history.

My father Domenico, who arrived in Sydney in 1927, was interned for 5 years during WW2 in 1940 in Hay, NSW. He was then sent out to work in as POW throughout Australia, including towns like Alice Springs, NT, Butlers Gorge, TAS, and with the Victorian Forestry. This is a secret history of first generation Australians during WW1 and WW2 which needs to be recognized.

The title "Testa Dura (Mule Head)" is after the phrase "Testa Calabrisi” from the southern Italian dialect, which some Italians may take as an insult, but I’m taking it on as a positive idea rather like the way the phrase “Wog Boys” has been used in theatre productions. It is a strengthening idea rather than a negative one. Testa Dura means hard-headed and holding your own opinions and not swaying. I see this as the life-blood of an artist.  

                                                                                    Artist, Vince Vozzo

The artist is available to run a sculptural paper mache workshop during the exhibition and/or sculptural drawing workshop.

Artists and Curator

Vince Vozzo and Raymond Wholohan

Vince Vozzo

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
10/12/2019 - 18/12/2020
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Mildura Regional Gallery and Griffith Regional Art Gallery
$3,500 (inc. freight) - Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Audio Descriptions, Catalogue/Book, Digital Catalogue, Education Kit
Other materials
CD documentary running on loop Published book “The Life and work of Vince Vozzo” Workshops with paper mache sculptural and sculptural drawing
Primary contact
Vince Vozzo
Vince Vozzo
0401 741 610
Secondary contact
Raymond Wholohan, Gallery director Griffith Regional Art Gallery NSW
0438 148 785
Mildura, Griffith, Cowra, Mussellbrook, Wollongong Regional Galleries