Art inspired by Hmong heritage

Vanghoua Anthony Vue’s geometric mural and ornate headdress sculptures included in ‘Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art’ greet viewers with a cacophony of colour and texture. The artist’s new tape installation nkag siab poob siab 2022, from his ‘Tape-affiti’ series — the title a play on the word graffiti — is an abstract composition spanning more…

‘The fibrous souls’ installation constructed with 70 giant shikas

The fibrous souls 2018–21 currently in the Queensland Art Gallery Watermall is constructed with 70 giant shikas — embroidered, reticulated bags typically made of jute strings that are tied to a beam in the ceiling of houses and used to hold pots and food containers — Shikas are found in almost every house in rural…

Installation is a layering of sound, visuals & mechanics

A Diasporic Mythology 2021 is a kinetic and sound installation commissioned for ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) and developed from Bagus Pandega’s interest in the historical narratives and circulation of instruments. The artist became fascinated with a particular koto instrument, named a Taishogoto, dating to the Taisho period (1912–26), that he…

Installation takes over 80 window panes at GOMA

Shannon Novak’s work manifests as a socially engaged practice that extends beyond traditional exhibition spaces. The work explores experiences of light and dark in the past, present, and future, but ultimately seeks to grow hope for a better world where the LGBTQI+1 community can live without fear. Central to Novak’s collaborative process is an attitude…

Dear Queensland: LGBTQI+ stories

In collaboration with ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) artist Shannon Novak, and QAGOMA have launched Dear Queensland — a project that aims to gather, document and archive some of the important stories of LGBTQI+ people in Queensland. As Novak explains, ‘currently there is very little to no local LGBTQI+ history being recorded…

Interrelated works delve into the insurgent potential of art

Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho have been collaborating for more than 12 years, their shared practice is oriented around intensive first-hand research into the impact of globalism, capital and development on specific small-scale communities. Since 2018, they have made a number of works based on the sugar plantations on the island of Negros in the…