Brian Fuata’s ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) performances are a spontaneous response to the artwork and architecture of QAGOMA’s spaces and often engage with the audience.
The intimate performative work of Fuata is informed by theatre techniques and frameworks of improvisation. Fuata works across a range of sites including theatres, galleries, text messages and email. In each instance, the intent of the work is its engagement with an audience rather than the traditional representation of a pre-existing narrative.
Brian Fuata introduces performances created for APT10
The blank sheet — often understood as a space of ambivalence and absence — is a recurring motif and allegorical symbol, manifesting in different contexts that include emails, paper, SMS, concrete, film and, in the case of his 20-minute live performances, a blank bed sheet. In these ‘ghost’ performances, Fuata re-contextualises the physical space of the gallery into a moving stage of subjectivity and persona.
For APT10, Fuata presents a new trilogy of ‘post-improvisation’ films, documenting three performances created in response to the learning directives of the ‘Open Studio’ space at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG). These performances connect a personal history of artistic inspiration with selected works and practices encountered within the Gallery’s collections and archives and through the artist’s extended oeuvre.
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‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) is at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane from 4 December 2021 to 26 April 2022.
Brian Fuata is the sixth guest artist in ‘Open Studio’ at QAG and will be performing at the APT10 Festival on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April 2022.