The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8)
21 Nov 2015 – 10 Apr 2016
Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Foyer, Gallery 1.2, Gallery 1.4, Gallery 2.1, Gallery 3.1, Gallery 3.2, Gallery 3.5, Gallery 3.6, Gallery 4 & Media Lounge
Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art's flagship exhibition focussed on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. This eighth edition emphasised the role of performance in recent art, with live actions, video, kinetic art, figurative painting and sculpture exploring the use of the human form to express cultural, social and political ideas, and the central role of artists in articulating experiences specific to their localities. APT8 included more than 80 artists and groups, an ongoing program of artist performances and projects; a conference as part of the opening program; extensive cinema programs; publications; and activities for kids and families.
Two focus projects were the result of in-depth research and ongoing exchange with the region. Yumi Danis (We Dance) presents the vitality and complexity of performance in the cultures of some of our nearest neighbours: Papua, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Kalpa Vriksha: Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India looked at the breadth and vibrancy of Indigenous and vernacular art from regions of India. Also featured are site-specific installations by artists from UAE/Iran, India, South Korea, Myanmar, Australia and New Zealand.
APT8 Cinema programs address the representation of Islamic cultures in popular culture throughout the region and showcased independent cinema from the Philippines. APT8 also saw the reintroduction of the APT Conference, and the development of a new component focusing on live performance, APT8 Live. APT 8 Kids included interactive artworks and activities developed in collaboration with the APT8 artists.
Artists/Projects Abdul Abdullah / Anida Yoeu Ali / Rheim Alkadhi / Brook Andrew / Baatarzorig Batjargal / Richard Bell / Bouillion Group / Chen Ching-Yuan / Sharon Chin / Choi Jeong Hwa / Kiri Dalena / Juan Davila / Desire Machine Collective / Lav Diaz / Duan Jianyu / Janenne Eaton / Lawrence English / Köken Ergun / Filipino Indie Film (Yason Banal, Co-Curator) / Gunybi Ganambarr / Gerelkhuu Ganbold / Hit Man Gurung / Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian / Taloi Havini and Stuart Miller / Haider Ali Jan / Kalpa Vriksha: Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India / Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev / Khvay Samnang / Yuki Kihara / Paphonsak La-Or / Leang Seckon / Liu Ding / Len Lye / Julia Mage'au Gray / Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano / David Medalla / Danie Mellor / Marcel Meltherorong / Min Thein Sung / Nicolas Molé / Morimura Yasumasa / Nakamura Yuta / Yukultji Napangati / Nge Lay / Uudam Tran Nguyen / Nomin Bold / Prabhakar Pachpute / Segar Passi / Hetain Patel / Po Po / Pop Islam (Khaled Sabsabi, Co-Curator) / Navin Rawanchaikul / Rosanna Raymond / Tsherin Sherpa / Shiga Lieko / Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra / Siren Eun Young Jung / Stab (School of Theory and Activism, Bishkek) / Super Critical Mass / Melati Suryodarmo / Risham Syed / Maria Taniguchi / Christian Thompson / Angela Tiatia / Francis Upritchard / Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu / Yelena and Viktor Vorobyeva / Asim Waqif / Luke Willis Thompson / Ming Wong / Yamashiro Chikako / Haegue Yang / Zhou Tao
Assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.