Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)
Huang Yong Ping, China/France b.1954 | Ressort (APT7 installation view) 2012 | Aluminium, stainless steel | Purchased 2012 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © The artist
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship contemporary art project, and one of the region’s most respected and influential exhibitions. Since 1993, the APT series has driven the Gallery’s focus on contemporary art and regional engagement, and enabled the development of one of the world’s most significant collections of Asian and Pacific contemporary art.
‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8) will be presented at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) from November 2015 to May 2016.
APT8 will build on the legacy of previous Triennials, presenting works by leading artists from across Asia, the Pacific, and Australia. Distinguished by its sustained engagement with a specific geography, each APT offers an opportunity to conduct detailed research into new developments and ongoing cultural practices, challenging static definitions of contemporary art and considering its relationship to shifting social and economic structures across the region.
The increasingly interdisciplinary and mobile nature of contemporary art throughout Asia and the Pacific is a major conceptual thread of APT8, with a particular attention on the body and its representation through performance, movement, and figuration. Artists from emerging centres are profiled alongside those working in more established contexts through a broad range of media and artistic approach.
Following the expansive scope of APT7 in 2012, which marked the twentieth anniversary of the APT with a focus on the archive and the sharing of knowledge, APT8 will further explore the rich and active discursive space of Asian and Pacific art through a major conference, the exhibition catalogue, the physical structure of the exhibition, and dynamic performance, education and cinema programs.
APT8’s research takes place within the framework of the Gallery’s Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art, driven by a curatorial team led by the Gallery’s Deputy Director, Collections and Exhibitions, Maud Page. Centring on QAGOMA’s Asian and Pacific Art department, headed by Russell Storer, the team will work in close dialogue with external advisors and co-curators.