Large-scale collages are based on traditional Thai paper-cutting technique

Thasnai Sethaseree is passionately interested in how power and seduction fold into state and commercial imagery — particularly in his homeland, Thailand — and his practice investigates the relation of images to political projects dating from the Cold War onwards. His large-scale collages are distinguished by their iconography and the substantial collaging of cut or…

Back through time: Early Brisbane watercolours

Together with drawing, watercolour was most often the medium of choice for documenting the early years of settlement in Queensland, especially to depict the landscape, chosen for its ability to record fine detail, evoking atmosphere, and most favoured for its portability and convenience. In this watercolour Farm landscape with colonial homestead 1888 Robert S (Saunder)…

Miniature paintings small enough to be carried around in your pocket

Risham Syed is a Pakistani artist who lives and works in Lahore, the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab, and the country’s second largest city after Karachi. In her ‘Lahore’ series, Syed documents changes in the urban landscape. Syed draws on the refined tradition of South Asian miniature painting. Since the 1980s, this art…

Voices and visions come alive: Asia Pacific video

Artists in the Asia Pacific region were quick to embrace the possibilities of video art as it first began to emerge, and the region is home to some of the world’s leading moving image artists. With techniques that range from the most basic use of a handheld video camera to elaborate, theatrical productions, video continues…

A nostalgia for Queensland’s pastoral past

Rose Simmonds’ photography has an important position in the Queensland Pictorialist photography movement. Emerging directly from the International Pictorialist movement which began in England and France at the end of the nineteenth century, local practitioners of this style continued to work in a manner which encouraged the acceptance of photography as a valid art-form. To…

5 Incredible film performances by untrained actors

The Australian Cinémathèque program ‘Under the Radar’ celebrates unseen cinema from Asia Pacific filmmaking highlighting hidden gems from regions that produce a very small number of feature films each year. Drawing on the past ten years, ‘Under the Radar’ includes works from Macau, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Tibet, Samoa, Kyrgyzstan and more. The films reveal cinematic…