What life looked like 150 years ago: The exploration of Queensland through photography

Queensland Day is a celebration of Queensland’s birthday and its official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony on 6 June 1859. The state is named in honour of Queen Victoria who signed documents granting the right to its own representative government and when Brisbane was appointed as the capital city. We take this opportunity to…

What do Easter Island monoliths and Mona Lisa have in common?

With Easter festivities at our doorstep, we couldn’t resist sharing our own Easter Bunnies, they don’t have seasonal chocolate eggs to deliver, however what they can do is bring us all some joy. The irreverent appropriation performed by Swiss-born artist Olaf Breuning in his photograph Easter bunnies 2004 creates new meaning through juxtaposition. The significance…

Mao Ishikawa: Photographs from Okinawa

The Gallery welcomes into its Collection a unique selection of vintage photographs from the 1970s and ’80s by Mao Ishikawa. The images document life in Okinawa in the years following the island’s return to Japanese sovereignty and are remarkable for the detail with which they capture their subjects’ social and cultural milieu. SIGN UP NOW:…

Anne Noble’s cabinet of wonder is a living photograph

In 2018 for The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9), New Zealand photographer Anne Noble created a multi-part project at the heart of which is Conversatio: A cabinet of wonder 2018, a functioning beehive or ‘living photograph’. Bees can be observed entering the Gallery, before disappearing inside the cabinet and going about their…

Photography: A visual reference for curators and researchers

QAGOMA’s Research Library is home to the documentation behind the Asia Pacific Triennial series of exhibitions, which forms the basis of the archives of the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA). In preparation for the 2016 exhibition ‘No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966–2016’, curator Ruth McDougall delved into 23 years of archival…

Re/discover an inspirational icon

Camille Serisier is a visual artist, her practice centres around her playful tableau of vibrant photographs, idea drawings, films and interactive installations. Through these ambitious and elaborate works Serisier uses the veil of playful absurdity to enact positive social change through storytelling. We asked Serisier to tell us how Cindy Sherman influenced her practice. I…