APT8 opens in Brisbane

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship exhibition focussed on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. This eighth edition includes more than 80 artists and groups. Two focus projects are the result of in-depth research and ongoing exchange with the region. Yumi Danis (We…

APT8 | Kalpa Vriksha

This focus project within The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) exhibition investigates how ancient techniques and subjects are still being used, and how they’ve evolved and become instrumental in the expression of contemporary concerns. The artists featured in the APT8 project Kalpa Vriksha: Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India come from small…

APT8 | Melati Suryodarmo

Melati Suryodarmo’s ‘I’m a Ghost in My Own House’ 2012 is a 12-hour endurance performance piece in which the artist crushes and grinds hundreds of kilograms of charcoal briquettes into powder and dust. Suryodarmo trained in Butoh dance with choreographer Anzu Furukana and in long durational performance with artist Marina Abramović. She uses this physical…

APT8: Brook Andrew

Brook Andrew’s ‘Intervening Time’ 2015 takes the form of an intervention into the Queensland Art Gallery’s Australian art collection. Referencing the chevron pattern that Wiradjuri people paint on their skin, or carve into trees, Andrew recreates the design on the galleries’ walls. Existing as a background against which the collection is then rehung, the pattern decisively asserts its presence in the narratives that form Australian history with…

Highlight: Zhou Tao ‘Blue and Red’

Recently acquired for the Collection, this video work demonstrates APT8 artist Zhou Tao’s use of editing techniques to combine two separate spaces into a new, meaningful ‘third’ space. Based in Guangzhou, in China’s highly urbanised Pearl River Delta, Zhou Tao is part of a generation of Chinese artists born after the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) that…

APT8 insight

An interview with Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian With sharp eyes and wits, three West Asian artists collect multifarious objects and references to create paintings, collage, sculpture and video works. They each have individual practices, as well as collaborating on immersive installations, in which they combine materials to form densely layered ‘wonder-rooms’, where…