APT8 Highlight: Yumi Danis (We Dance)




Yumi Danis (We Dance) is co-curated with Ni-Vanuatu songwriter, musician and author Marcel Meltherorong (Mars Melto), and brings together dancers and musicians from Papua, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. It is staged as an immersive multimedia installation, animated by contemporary dance and consciously addresses the issues involved in translating and contextualising performance from these regions for a broader audience.




The installation They look at you 2015 is by Kanak artist Nicolas Molé in response to discussions with Meltherorong and 15 dancers from across the region who attended a workshop in Vanuatu in 2014. Visitors enter through the tangled roots of a banyan tree, into a cleared open space found in many of the region’s villages. The surrounds are animated with Mole’s immersive animated video projections of a forest inhabited by various beings. A large dwelling holds 11 videos, presenting the diversity of performance found throughout Melanesia.

Participants include: Sam Roem (West Papua l Australia); Julia Mage’au Gray (Papua New Guinea & Australia); Lucy Efi (Papua New Guinea); Michael Maetarau (Solomon Islands); Marcel Meltherorong, Anderson Laurin, Tio Massing, Steve Williams, Andrew Tamata and Manuella Kelep (Vanuatu); Nicolas Mole, Richard Digoue and Simane Wenethem (New Caledonia); Katalina Fotofili and Soronakadavu Ratulevu Tora (Fiji).

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
APT8 Live supporter: Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade