Highlight: Parastou Forouhar

In the lead up to ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8) we look back to a work acquired during APT7 by Parastou Forouhar and share insights into the artist’s inspirations. Parastou Forouhar’s diverse artistic practice, which ranges across installation, photography and drawing, engages directly with her personal biography. Forouhar, who grew up in Iran,…

Highlight: Edwin Roseno ‘Green hypermarket’ series

In the lead up to ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8) we look back to a work acquired during APT7 by artist Edwin Roseno.  ‘Green hypermarket’ was a gift of the artist, the series a poignant reminder of economic and environmental tensions that are increasingly relevant today in countries of the Asia Pacific…

Indonesian hits from APT7 to tour Queensland

In the lead up to ‘The 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8), the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) today announced ‘Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7’ would be the next Gallery-curated exhibition to tour the state. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said ‘Indo Pop’ would visit 12 regional venues in advance…

Australian artists Juan Davila and Richard Bell to be included in APT8

‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8) is the only exhibition series of the 160 biennials and triennials currently staged worldwide to focus on the contemporary art of Asia, Australia and the Pacific. APT8 will feature around 75 emerging and established artists, filmmakers and performers from more than 25 countries and will reflect…

Highlight: Takahiro Iwasaki ‘Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss)’

This stunning APT7 work by Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki was recently acquired for the Gallery’s Collection… however, there is more to this sculpture than its sheer beauty. Takahiro Iwasaki’s Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss) 2010–12 is an intricate miniature recreation of Phoenix Hall, part of Japan’s Byodo-in Temple complex. It reproduces the building’s reflection in its…

Phuan Thai Meng’s work lies as if in disrepair

Malaysian artist Phuan Thai Meng’s photorealist paintings depict urban environments in unique and suggestive ways. He offers glimpses into the forgotten spaces of cities that lie between rapid construction and urban decay, relaying the relationship between these seldom-considered environments and local inhabitants. An educator and co-founder of the artist collective Rumah Air Panas (RAP), Phuan…