Todd Fuller typically uses drawing and animation to elevate and explore queer stories from Australian History. In these works, he highlights the unlikely connection between the Phantom, an iconic comic book character, and safe sex practice. In 1987, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, a groundbreaking campaign revolutionised HIV prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, particularly in North Queensland. Spearheaded by Indigenous health workers, the campaign introduced a new superhero: Condoman. Condoman was an emblematic figure championing safe sex practices through posters, a comic book and a low-budget television commercial. The initiative rejected the inappropriate mainstream campaign, The Grim Reaper while using imagery and phrases which would resonate with indigenous communities. The Phantom was an extremely popular comic at the time with communities. Condoman went far beyond its north Queensland target, quickly gaining national interest. Today, original posters are highly valued collector’s items. Condoman elevated awareness and showcased a community-driven solution to a pressing public health issue.
Todd Fuller is a well-known Australian Artist whose work extends traditional notions of drawing across film, animation and performance works. Fuller is best known for his hand drawn animations which address a broad range of themes including Queer and Regional Narratives of Australia past and present. His narratives often position audiences to consider connection between person and place, love and loss, commonality, difference and belonging.Read more