William Yang

19 Sep 2020 – 7 Feb 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 LGBTQI 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 will trace his career from documentary photography through to explorations of cultural and sexual identities and his depictions of landscape. He integrates a photographic practice with writing, video and performance. The exhibition will present a newly commissioned spoken word live performance.


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 / Collection and ©: William Yang.

William Yang / Patrick White #1, living room, Martin Road 1988

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Patrick White #1, living room, Martin Road 1988 / Gelatin silver photograph on paper / 45.6 x 36.4cm (comp.) / Purchased 1998. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © 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 / Collection and ©: William Yang.

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Tamarama 1981

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

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