Role playing & humour functions as a tool for video art

For nearly two decades, Salote Tawale has upended viewers’ and critics’ expectations of who she is and what she is likely to do next. Significantly, she refuses for her art practice to be categorised as a symbol of ‘Pacific-ness’ or her place of birth – Fiji. You can watch Tawale’s work in the exhibition ‘sis:…

15-metre-long bamboo raft references traditional Fijian watercraft

Salote Tawale was born in Fiji and grew up in suburban Melbourne, and works across media to explore and comment on experiences of dislocation specific to living and working as an intersectional person in Australia. A queer woman of colour, Tawale views all of her works — whether they are representational or not — as…

Asia Pacific Triennial: New futures imagined

QAGOMA’s landmark exhibition series, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), celebrates its tenth iteration in 2021. APT10 brings together more than 150 artists, collectives and filmmakers to reflect on complex histories, current urgencies and cultural encounters as they imagine a multiplicity of futures. RELATED (Part 1): APT10: Navigating new futures Ways of navigating…

Asia Pacific video on Tour

Many of us find ourselves transfixed in front of a screen… watching video is now such a part of our daily life that it has become an everyday activity — given the variety of video works, QAGOMA’s current travelling exhibition just focuses on performance, experimentation and theatricality in video art from the 1960s to the…