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…

Highlight: Julia Mage’au Gray ‘Best foot forward’

Bold and sassy, this vibrant video work explores the intersection between urban and traditional lifestyles, as well as the artist’s Papuan and Australian heritage. Over a career spanning decades, Julia Mage’au Gray has creatively responded to her Pacific heritage and culture. Inspired by its performance traditions Gray revives and adapts customary forms, working across dance,…

in Pursuit of Venus [infected] | An interview with Lisa Reihana

New Zealand-born artist Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is the subject of the Foundation’s 2015 Appeal. Gallery curator Ruth McDougall spoke to the artist about the work and the inspiration behind it. Ruth McDougall (RM)  You were a member of the influential 1990’s performance group Pacific Sisters. Performance, and particularly the performance of…

APT8 One Year Out: Taiwan, Japan

Though hampered by ambiguous diplomatic status with regard to mainland China, and somewhat overshadowed by the meteoric rise of Chinese art in international estimations, Taiwan possesses a rich and complex contemporary art scene. The country’s position as one of the Four Asian Tiger economies, and the flourishing of civil society after martial law was wound…

APT8 One Year Out: India, Nepal

India has remained a pivotal part of the history of the APT. April last year, I travelled to India with Maud Page, Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions during the Indian general election, the largest election in human history, eager to see what was new and hoping to reach outside the art centres of Mumbai and…