William Yang
Seeing and Being Seen

27 Mar 2021 – 22 Aug 2021
QAG | Gallery 4 | Free

Queensland-born, Sydney-based photographer William Yang’s significant contribution to Australian photography spans five decades. Known for his reflective and joyous depictions of Australia’s LGBTIQ+ scene in the late 70s and 80s through to the present. Yang’s photography is informed by the cultural and political pressures of growing up as a gay man from a Chinese immigrant family in north Queensland.

This exhibition is a major survey of Yang’s work, which traces his career from documentary photography through to explorations of cultural and sexual identities and his depictions of landscape. Yang integrates a photographic practice with writing, video and performance.

Read more about the exhibition and artist on the QAGOMA blog

WEEKLY FILM SCREENINGS

A regular program of four films capturing William Yang’s iconic monologue performances will screen every weekend in the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) Lecture Theatre for the duration of the exhibition.

SATURDAY
11.00AM | William Yang: Friends of Dorothy 2014 MA15+ | Director: Martin Fox | 58 mins*
1.00PM | William Yang: My Generation 2013 M / Director: Martin Fox / 58 mins

SUNDAY
1.00PM | Sadness: A Monologue by William Yang 1999 PG | Director: Tony Ayres | 52 mins
2.30PM | William Yang: Blood Links 2014 PG | Director: Martin Fox | 59 mins

Screenings are free; bookings are not required.
Seating will be spaced to follow COVID-safe arrangements.

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William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Golden Summer 1987/2016

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Golden Summer 1987/2016 / Inkjet print, gold leaf on Innova Softex paper / 40 x 30 cm / Purchased 2021 with funds from Cora Trevarthen and Andrew Reeves through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © William Yang.

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Tamarama Lifesavers 1981

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Tamarama Lifesavers 1981 / Digital print / Collection and © William Yang.

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Chinese New Year party, Year of the Rabbit 1999

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Chinese New Year party, Year of the Rabbit 1999 / Digital print / Courtesy: The artist / © William Yang.

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Cate Blanchett. The Star in Her Dressing Room. After Hedda Gabler. Wharf Theatre, Sydney 2004

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Cate Blanchett. The Star in Her Dressing Room. After Hedda Gabler. Wharf Theatre, Sydney 2004 / Digital print / Courtesy: The artist / © William Yang.

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / The Story of Joe (detail) 1979/2020

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / The Story of Joe (detail) 1979/2020 / Inkjet print on Ilford Galerie Smooth Cotton Rag; single-channel video / Print: 40 x 60cm; video: 16:9, 3:50 minutes, colour, sound; installed dimensions variable / Writer/Performer: William Yang; Director/Producer: Ben Latham Jones; Co-Director/ Co-Producer: Sophie Georgiou; Camera Operator/Editor: Dean Lever; Auslan Consultant: Sue Jo Wright; Technical Assistant: Jack Okeby / Courtesy: The artist / © William Yang.

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Alter ego 2001

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Alter ego 2001 / Digital inkjet print on rag paper / 68 x 88cm / Courtesy: The artist / © William Yang.

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Ben Law. Arncliffe 2016/2020

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Ben Law. Arncliffe 2016/2020 / Inkjet print on Ilford Galerie Smooth Cotton Rag / 30 x 50cm / Courtesy: The artist / © William Yang.

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