APT8 gears up to astound at QAGOMA
It’s been a long time coming, but the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is finally here and QAGOMA is kicking off proceedings in stellar fashion.
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is QAGOMA’s flagship exhibition that showcases the best works from the Asia Pacific region. Drawing art from across a variety of media and numerous countries, APT8 is a vibrant exhibition of engaging work. On Saturday November 21, QAGOMA will launch the exhibition with a weekend of talks, discussion panels and live performances. Each segment will help tie together the overarching ideas of the exhibition and will get insight direct from curators and artists.
Over the coming months, QAGOMA will showcase a range of work from 80 artists, with a dynamic focus on the issues surrounding the Asia Pacific region. There will be two large focus projects in the exhibition, the first of which is Yumi Danis (We Dance). This portion of APT8 will look at the vitality of performance in countries such as Papua, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. Kalpa Vriksha: Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India will examine the vibrancy of Indigenous and Vernacular art from India. APT8 Cinema will showcase independent cinemas from the Philippines and from Islamic countries. APT Live will boast an ongoing program of live music performances and art, taking place once a month. Monday November 23 is the date of the APT8 Conference, an event where artists, researchers and curators from Australia and the Asia Pacific region will address issues and discuss concepts spurred by the exhibition. Head to the QAGOMA website to see a list of talks, screenings, performances and other special events, or check out the final instalment of The Culturalist Series to see how you can make the most out of the opening weekend.
Image one credit: Sherin Sherpa, Nepal/USA b.1968, Muted expression 2015, Synthetic polymer paint, ink and platinum leaf on canvas 116.5 x 257.5cm, Purchased 2015. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Image two credit: Melati Suryodarmo / I’m a Ghost in My Own House 2012 / 12 hour performance, mixed media installation and single-channel video / Documentation of performance staged at Lawangwangi Creative Space, Lawangwangi Foundation, Bandung, Indonesia, 2012 / Image courtesy: The artist / © The artist
Image three credit: Anida Yoeu Ali / The Buddhist Bug, Into the Night (production still) 2015 / A project of Studio Revolt. Concept and performance: Anida Yoeu Ali; Video: Masahiro Sugano / Commissioned for APT8. The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2015 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist