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Artist project development

Heman Chong

Heman Chong gathering material for The Archive Project 2012, Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art Research Library, February 2012

The Queensland Art Gallery has established a reputation as a world leader in the development and presentation of contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region, particularly with its ‘Asia Pacific Triennial’ exhibitions.

Since its inception in 2002, the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art has supported a series of artists' visits and residencies linked specifically to the Gallery’s Asian and Pacific projects.


Heman Chong

Asia / Pacific / Triennial 2012
20 channel sound installation
Location: Media Lounge, Level 3 GOMA

For his contribution to the APT7's 20-Year Archive, Chong created a sound installation in response to his investigations of the Gallery's Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA) archive, paying particular attention to the history of the Asia Pacific Triennial. Linking the GOMA exhibition spaces to its research library, which houses the ACAPA archive, a spoken soundtrack in a red-lit room offers readings of fragmentary texts drawn from ACAPA catalogues, articles, correspondence and other documents. Curious about the archive's daily usuage, Chong left the selection of materila to Gallery staff. This was then reworked by the artist into poetic form, to be read across 20 audio channels by Singaporean actore and Nominated Member of Parliment Janice Koh. Chong describes the works as a kind of 'epic poem' with multiple authors, inviting viewers to make their own associations between these historical fragments and moments from a shared past. Reflecting on the sonic spaces constructed by radio as a precursor to the complex and expansive commuication networks now available, Chong invites contemplation of the futures formed from these memories of the past, and speculates on what memories our present moment, and indeed the future, may produce.

Lee Ming Wei

During 2008, Lee Mingwei made two visits to Brisbane relating to the installation and transformation of his major installation, Gernika in sand. This project was realised at the Gallery of Modern Art with support from the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art, Lin Ming-nang, Lin Chung-hsiang and Yang Hon-pon, National Culture and Arts Foundation (logo) and JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture (logo)  

Documentation of the performance component of this project can be viewed:
Gernika in Sand
Lee Mingwei
Gernika in Sand 2008
Mixed media interactive installation and performance
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art
Collection: Yeh Rong Jai Culture and Art Foundation, Taiwan
DVD filmed and produced by Douglas Watkin, Double Wire Productions
© Double Wire Productions


During preparations for ‘The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT5), which opened on 2 December 2006, several artists visited the Queensland Art Gallery to progress their projects.

Over July and August 2005, the Gallery hosted Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Ozawa, who created new works in his ‘Vegetable weapons’ series, as well as curator Lu Jie from the Long March Project art initiative.

Beijing-based Chinese artist Ai Weiwei visited in August 2005, and again in June 2006, to discuss preparations for his site-specific work, Boomerang 2006 — a stunning chandelier for the Gallery’s Watermall.

Michael Stevenson, the New Zealand-born artist who lives and works in Berlin, followed in July to create an installation for APT5 that responds to the work of eminent Australian modernist painter, Ian Fairweather.

Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho spent seven weeks at the Gallery from October 2006, collaborating with Gallery staff and Brisbane secondary school students on two mural projects for APT5. The 14 x 18.5m mural It’s all about the Destiny! Isn’t it? 2006 is installed in GoMA's foyer, and the 6 x 5m mural What do you want? 2006 is at the entrance to the Children’s Art Centre in GoMA. Students from Shailer Park, Cleveland and Woodridge state high schools worked with the artist on the latter mural as part of a joint project between the Queensland Art Gallery and the Department of Education and the Arts.

The APT5 artists' visits were supported by the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art.

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Now living in Melbourne, Nusra Latif Qureshi was born and educated in Pakistan where she developed a love for the artistic discipline of painting miniatures. 

During 2004, Qureshi visited Brisbane under the auspices of ACAPA to give a series of artist workshops and present a lecture on her practice. These events formed part of the public programs surrounding the Queensland Art Gallery’s exhibition, 'Miniatures'.