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The Fragmented Body

Lee Bul,Untitled (Cyborg hand)

Lee Bul | South Korea b.1964 | Untitled (Cyborg hand) 2000 | Hard-paste porcelain, slip-cast, fired to 1555 degrees Celsius and with clear glaze | Purchased 2002. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Ah Xian, (Disembodied hand, bandaged in lower register)

Ah Xian | China/Australia b.1960 | (Disembodied hand, bandaged in lower register) 1993 | Synthetic polymer paint, ink, oil on wooden board | Gift of Nicholas Jose and Claire Roberts through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2008 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

7 May to 9 October 2011 | Foyer Cabinet, Gallery of Modern Art

This display presents diverse artistic expressions of ideas about the human body, drawn from the Gallery’s Collection to complement the Gallery’s exhibition ‘Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams’ (11 June – 2 October 2011). These works consider the human form physically, culturally and scientifically, providing insights into history, knowledge, and memory.

Works by Eko Nugroho, Liu Jianhua and Wang Zhiyuan offer a critical take on social and popular cultural issues, while Fiona Hall and Greg Semu locate fetishism and sexuality as embedded in culturally located practices. An assemblage by Rosalie Gascoigne and collages by Gary Brotmeyer address the fragmentation used by Cubist, Dada and surrealist artists in the early twentieth century; and Sara Tse, Anne Ferran and Justine Cooper each visualise the body as ephemeral, a trace of existence.