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