APT8 Highlight: Shiga Lieko



Shiga Lieko, Japan b.1980 / RASEN KAIGAN (Spiral Coast) 2008–12 / Chromogenic development prints / Courtesy and ©: The artist

Shiga Lieko‘s photographs are characterised by their intense colour saturation, heavy use of flash and uncanny, dreamlike tone. She deliberately transgresses the conventions of documentary photography, blurring the boundaries between reality and representation, and drawing on local myths and personal accounts. By chance, Shiga became the official photographer for the small town of Kitakama in Miyagi prefecture in 2008. When Kitakama was devastated by the 2011 tsunami, Shiga gathered, cleaned and sorted over 30 000 photographs that had washed ashore. Her powerful RASEN KAIGAN (Spiral Coast) 2008–12, an immersive installation of the large-scale photographs, reflects upon the community’s experiences in the aftermath of the tsunami. The photographs are encountered in a darkened space, and reflect the artist’s experience of living intimately among these people who were soon to be affected by tragedy on such a large scale.

View the APT8 installation

The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8) is at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art until 10 April 2016 . Entry to the exhibition is free.

The APT8 publication features a suite of richly illustrated essays by the exhibition’s curators providing insights into artists’ practices and drawing connections between works from across the region. These are contextualised with a discussion by a group of leading artists and specialists on key issues behind recent tendencies in contemporary art in the Asia Pacific. The publication also includes details of the Kids APT and cinema programs, and a comprehensive exhibition checklist. A children’s book accompanies APT8 Kids onsite and APT8 Kids on Tour will see a selection of the exhibition activities presented to children and families in regional and remote Queensland.

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)
is the Gallery’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia