Cruising for a Bruising is a camp love letter to the Australian Suburbs. Growing up queer in outer-metropolitan Naarm (Melbourne), Knight found themselves drawn to explore the streets of their family neighbourhood. His search for moments that capture the essence of suburbia result in a celebration of the surreal and the mundane, the humorous and the humdrum. Cruising for a Bruising delves into family archives, alongside memories of suburbia and growing pains he experienced over the years. As a flâneur, Knight reconnects with past memories of estrangement, finding humour in what was once cold while expressing a lighter side of suburban Australia.
Kyle Archie Knight is a Wiradjuri queer photographic artist. He graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography (Honours, Honours First Class). Knight has a keen interest in the mundane and humdrum suburbia of Naarm/Melbourne. From this fascination, he produced a long-form project, ‘Cruising for a Bruising’ and with this project was a finalist (with High Commendation) in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) 2022 GradFoto exhibition. He has since been included in the 2023 Ballarat International Foto Biennale as a core program artist - as part of the BIFB Fire Country initiative – with images from the series ‘Cruising for a Bruising’ on exhibition along with copies of his debut photobook of the same name, published by M.33 Melbourne. Alongside his documentary practice, Kyle Archie Knight is becoming sought after for his work as an editorial and commercial photographer, particularly within the First Nations and fashion arenas.