Major new works announced for APT10


Major new works by artists Kaili Chun (Kanaka Ōiwi,Hawai’i), Gordon Hookey (Waanyi people, Australia), Kimiyo Mishima (Japan), Salote Tawale (Fiji/Australia) and Grace Lillian Lee & Uncle Ken Thaiday Snr (Meriam Mir people, Australia), will be among the highlights of ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) from 4 December 2021 until 25 April 2022.

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Gordon Hookey

Gordon Hookey , Waanyi people, Australia b. 1961 / Murriland! #1 2015–17 / Oil on canvas / 210 x 1000 cm / Gifted by the citizens of the Gold Coast to future generations 2019 / Collection: HOTA Gallery / © Gordon Allan Hookey/Copyright Agency, 2021 / Photograph: Peter Waddington

The tenth chapter in the Gallery’s flagship exhibition series will include 69 projects with new and recent work by more than 100 emerging and established artists, collectives and filmmakers from more than 30 countries. For its landmark tenth edition, APT looks to the future of art and the world we inhabit together. The vast majority of the exhibition will consist of newly commissioned works of art developed through sustained engagement with this culturally diverse region.

Kaili Chun’s architectural floor-to-ceiling installation will suspend hundreds of stainless-steel threads incorporating delicate capsules of water, while leading Australian artist Gordon Hookey will reveal the largest and most recent painting from his ongoing ‘MURRILAND!’ series.

Senior Japanese avant-gardist Kimiyo Mishima will present a group of her life-like ceramic sculptures of everyday objects, while a new site-specific work by Salote Tawale will be based on the Fijian bilibili, a large raft made from bamboo and other recycled materials.

Kimiyo Mishima

Kimiyo Mishima, Japan b. 1932 / Work 19 – G 2019 / Silkscreen and hand-painted on ceramic, iron / 91 x 57 x 58cm / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2021 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Kimiyo Mishima

Torres Strait Islander and multicultural artist Grace Lillian Lee and her world-renowned mentor Uncle Ken Thaiday Snr are creating a large-scale kinetic dhari (headdress) that reflects both artists’ practices and Lee’s signature use of the double ‘grasshopper’ weave in her body adornment works. 

Also featured, one of the most ambitious artworks to emerge from Bangladesh, a spectacular installation of 70 suspended pots in the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) Watermall by Kamruzzaman Shadhin & Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts.

Kamruzzaman Shadhin

Kamruzzaman Shadhin, Bangladesh b.1974 / Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts, Bangladesh Est. 2001 / The fibrous souls 2018-21 (works in development in Thakurgaon, Bangladesh) / Courtesy: the artists

Other new works will include an installation of threaded architecture by Indian artist Sumakshi Singh and an ‘exploded’ artists’ studio suspended from the ceiling of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) by Tongan collective Seleka International Art Society Initiative.

Meaningful community engagement is at the core of planning for APT10, with an initiative focused on the knowledge and values of Pacific communities in South East Queensland, and Aotearoa New Zealand artist Shannon Novak working with LGBTQI+ communities to create safe spaces within organisations and institutions.

Shannon Novak

Shannon Novak, Aotearoa New Zealand b.1979 / 81 Percent (Australia): Someone you know (from ‘Make Visible: Queensland’) 2021 / Transparent vinyl / Commissioned for ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) / Courtesy and ©: Shannon Novak / Photograph: M Campbell © QAGOMA

Multi-artist projects with regional curators and collaborators will deepen the representation of the island nations and atolls of Northern Oceania, reimagine the histories of exchange through the works of Macassan and Yolgnu artists, and present Taiwanese Indigenous artists in partnership with the Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Centre (IPCDC). In addition, an immersive installation of a significant collection of Uramat bark cloth masks from East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, will be shown for the first time since it was gifted to the Gallery through APT collaborator, the late Gideon Kakabin in 2018, and presented in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology and the Uramat community.

Lee Paje

Lee Paje, The Philippines b.1980 / Somewhere, someday when we are the sea 2021 / Oil on copper / 12 panels: 45.7 x 121.9 (each) / Commissioned for ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10). Purchased 2021 with funds from Tim Fairfax AC through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Lee Paje

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Featured image detail: Gordon Hookey Murriland! #1 2015–17