Artists Announced: Seventh Asia Pacific Triennial (APT7)

An-My LE, Vietnam/USA b.1960 | Patient Admission, US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy, Vietnam (from ‘Events Ashore’ series) 2010 | Archival inkjet pigment print on 380gsm Harman Professional Inkjet paper mounted on sintra, ed. 2/5 | The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2011 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

The Gallery today announced the 77 artists and artist groups from 27 countries that will feature in ‘The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)’, marking the 20th anniversary of the international exhibition.

On display at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) from 8 December 2012 to 14 April 2013, the exhibition will range from internationally renowned senior artists, including Huang Yong Ping (China/France), Atul Dodiya (India), Raqib Shaw (India/UK) and Fiona Tan (Indonesia/The Netherlands), to young and emerging artists from the region.

Highlights of APT7 will include the first major focus on artists from West Asia; works by young generations of Indonesian and Vietnamese artists; new work from a group of seven Australian artists; and the most significant representation yet of contemporary work from PNG.

Mohammed Qasim ASHFAQ | United Kingdom/Pakistan
Asmat artists: Ben AFEX; Amatus AHMAK; Antonin ARKE; Primus ISIMIN; Stefanus JAKFU; Norbertus JOKOMEN; Paulis KOMARE; Paulis POKMAN; Yakobus SERAMBI; Dinisius SIRETS | Papua, Indonesia
Rina BANERJEE | India/United States of America
Daniel BOYD | Australia
Louisa BUFARDECI | Australia
Neha CHOKSI | USA/India
Tiffany CHUNG | Vietnam
Lorraine CONNELLY-NORTHEY | Australia
Michael COOK | Australia
Timothy COOK | Australia
Atul DODIYA | India
Inci EVINER | Turkey
Graham FLETCHER | New Zealand/Samoa
Parastou FOROUHAR | Iran/Germany
HUANG Yong Ping | China/France
GIMHONGSOK | South Korea
Roslisham ISMAIL aka ISE | Malaysia
Takahiro IWASAKI | Japan
Susan JACOBS | Australia
Chia-En JAO | Taiwan
Tomoko KASHIKI | Japan
Sangdon KIM | South Korea
Joanna LANGFORD | New Zealand
An-My LE | Vietnam/United States of America
LEE Kit | Hong Kong/China
Shirley MACNAMARA | Australia
Basir MAHMOOD | Pakistan
Sheila MAKHIJANI | India
Richard MALOY | New Zealand
MIXRICE | South Korea
NGUYEN Manh Hung | Vietnam
NGUYEN Minh Phuoc | Vietnam
NGUYEN Thai Tuan | Vietnam
Manuel OCAMPO | The Philippines
Michael PAREKOWHAI | New Zealand
Pratchaya PHINTHONG | Thailand
PHUAN Thai Meng | Malaysia
THE PROPELLER GROUP | Vietnam/United States of America
Sara RAHBAR | Iran/United States of America
Wedhar RIYADI | Indonesia
Edwin ROSENO | Indonesia
RUANGRUPA | Indonesia
Dominic SANSONI | Sri Lanka
Greg SEMU | NZ/Samoa
Raqib SHAW | India/United Kingdom
Dayanita SINGH | India
Tadasu TAKAMINE | Japan
Fiona TAN | Indonesia/Netherlands
TE Wei | China
Sopolemalama Filipe TOHI | Tonga/New Zealand
TROMARAMA | Indonesia
Tintin WULIA | Indonesia/Australia
YUAN Goang-Ming | Taiwan
ZHOU Tiehai | China

Papua New Guinea (Co-curator: Martin Fowler)
SULKA: Camilius TEPE (team leader), Paskalis BILL, Moky CAMILIUS, Makude JOESEPH, Tadius LOHALI, Herman PAPE, Antonius SAVUO Jr, Herman TEP, and Bernard VIETON
ARAWE: Bruno AKAU, Alfred SAPU
COASTAL ARAPESH: Alex GABOUR (team leader), Connor AUKA, James AUSORI, Alex BERRY, Connor KOMONAIN, Joan MABUT, Fransica SALID, Joe SARUM, Rupina SUNA, Baka WILSON
TOLAI: Iatapal Cultural Group; Ravat Cultural Group, Vunapaka Cultural Group
IATMUL: Issac KAPUN; Gibson KAPUN, Aamus KAMDUKA, Ganot KAM, Willie MASO; David YAMANAPI
KWOMA ARTS: Anton WAIAWAS (team leader), Kevin APSEPA, Simon GOIYAP, Jamie JIMOK, Nelson MAKAMOI, Rex MAUKOS, Terry PAKIEY
Senior project advisors: Waikua NERA (Abelam), Anton WAIAWAS (Kwoma), Gesley RIVAN (Tolai), Damien GULKLEDEP (Pomio), Camilus TEPE and Robert DIUA (Sulka), Otto KAMA and Anton AQUI (Iatmul) and Alex GABOUR (Coastal Arapesh)

0 – Now: Traversing West Asia (Co-curator: November Paynter)
Cevdet EREK | Turkey
Erbossyn MELDIBEKOV | Kazakhstan
Almagul MENLIBAYEVA | Kazakhstan
Hrair SARKISSIAN | Syria/Armenia
Wael SHAWKY | Egypt
SLAVS & TATARS | Poland/United States of America/Iran
Oraib TOUKAN | United States of America/Jordan

The 20 Year Archive
Heman CHONG |  Singapore
{disarmed} imagining a Pacific archive: Torika BOLATAGICI | Australia/Fiji; Mat HUNKIN | New Zealand/Samoa; Teresia TEAIWA | United States of America/Kiribati/New Zealand
MAP OFFICE | Hong Kong, China

Over 20 years, the Asia Pacific Triennial has attracted over 1.8 million visitors and continues to be the only recurring art exhibition focussing on contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

APT7 is made possible by founding sponsor the Queensland Government, presenting sponsor Santos, and principal partners Events Queensland, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Government’s Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy. The PNG component is sponsored by Kramer Ausenco, and a range of cultural organisations have also made invaluable contributions.

Occupying all of GOMA and key spaces in QAG, including the iconic Watermall, APT7 will include several artists whose work has never been seen before in Australia, numerous major commissions, and site-specific works.

APT7 will feature a free opening weekend program involving many of the exhibiting artists and several performance events; the GOMA Talks series of discussion panels; two film programs; the 20 Year Archive project; as well as printed and online publications and education resources.

Kids APT will premiere interactive artworks and installations by participating artists and the On Tour program will be presented throughout regional Queensland.

The project ‘0-Now: Traversing West Asia’, developed in collaboration with Istanbul-based curator November Paynter, will feature works by artists from Egypt, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Syria, Jordan and the diaspora, united by an interest in the movement of peoples and changing landscapes of West Asia.

APT7 will feature vibrant new work by an exciting group of young artists from Indonesia and Vietnam where the emerging contemporary art scene is being driven by independent artist-run spaces and a highly engaged art community.

The Australian component of APT includes new work from five Aboriginal artists — Daniel Boyd, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Michael Cook, Timothy Cook and Shirley Macnamara — in addition to Louisa Bufardeci and Susan Jacobs, all reflecting on the varied histories that contribute to their distinctive senses of place, which is one of the key threads running through the exhibition.

The major presentation of contemporary works informed by customary practices from Papua New Guinea will bring together performance objects with two major architectural commissions by artists from the East Sepik province.

The public sculpture The World Turns by New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai, which was commissioned in November 2011 to mark the fifth anniversary of the opening of GOMA and the 20th anniversary of APT, will be located outside GOMA on the bank of the Brisbane River.

The twentieth anniversary of APT is an opportunity to reflect upon the unprecedented transformations that have occurred in Australia, Asia and the Pacific over the past two decades. With this in mind, APT7’s 20 Year Archive project invites four artists and artist collectives to explore a range of regional archives, including QAGOMA’s Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art, and present creative interpretations of their content.

The Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque will present two major cinema programs for APT7: one that expanded upon the exhibition’s exploration of social, political and aesthetic changes occurring throughout Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East during the last 20 years, and a historical survey of Chinese animation.

APT7 will be accompanied by a wide-ranging suite of publications, online resources and educational material. For more information on the exhibition and artists visit


  1. I’ve been living in Cambodia for the last 6 months and working with artists in Battambang City. There is a strong and exciting resurgence of new contemporary art happening here, not seen since the Khmer Rouge nightmare. Some of the artistic talent is exceptional. I was telling them about the APT and they are keen to know if there is a possibility to submit an application to produce work for APT8 in 2015. I couldn’t find any information about this process. Where do they need to start?

  2. HI Kerry. There is no application process for APT, the exhibition is developed curatorially. However you are very welcome to send us information on the artists you are working with – images of works, any information on the artists and their ideas. It would be great to know what is happening in the contemporary art scene in Battambang. Our email address is We hope you find this information helpful. Thank you for your interest, QAGOMA