The Long Story
12 Aug 2017 – 23 Sep 2018
GOMA | Gallery 3.3 & 3.4 Marica Sourris & James C. Sourris AM Galleries | Free
‘The Long Story’ brings together works from the Gallery’s Asian and Pacific art collections that explore the ways artists have responded to society, culture and spirituality, and how they can challenge accepted accounts of history. The exhibition begins with works that reference war, conflict and civic traumas that have profoundly affected societies over time and across borders.
Through allegory, artists also reveal diverse traditions of storytelling, ritual and performance, and can explore influential historical change. New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana’s dramatic digital work, which reimagines ancestral figures, is a reinterpretation of the Māori marae – a significant spiritual and meeting place. Other artists combine oral histories with textile and painting traditions, presenting the multiple artistic languages used to communicate wisdom, knowledge and experience – from creation stories to depictions of everyday life.
‘The Long Story’ explores some of the themes that have shaped the Gallery’s holdings of Asian and Pacific art over the past two decades. It offers diverse perspectives on history and society, telling age-old stories to a contemporary world.
The majority of works in this exhibition were acquired during the Gallery’s flagship series, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT).
Rex Warrimou (Sabïo), Omie, Papua New Guinea b.c.1945 / Our Creation (Omie) 2014 / Natural pigments on barkcloth / Purchased 2015. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.