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.
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
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.
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 / Digital print / Collection and © William Yang.
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 / Digital print / Courtesy: The artist / © William Yang.
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 / Digital inkjet print on rag paper / 68 x 88cm / Courtesy: The artist / © William Yang.