The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10), featuring 69 projects by emerging and established artists and collectives, together comprising more than 150 individuals from more than 30 countries, is showing at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) until 25 April 2022.
QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the tenth chapter in the Gallery’s flagship series offered an expansive, free exhibition across both galleries and incorporated a multi-strand cinema program, onsite and virtual events, seven artist projects for children and families, a two-night Up Late event in March 2022, a closing weekend Festival in April 2022 and a full-colour publication.
Mr Saines said the APT had built an international reputation over almost 30 years as a challenging, dynamic exhibition which consistently highlights the most exciting and innovative developments in contemporary art from across a culturally diverse region.
“As with previous Asia Pacific Triennials, APT10 includes recent and newly commissioned works that are rich with stories of travel, journeys, migrations and connections to place. The exhibition is layered with responses, questions and ideas about the present moment, the many issues facing humanity, and propositions towards the future from a vast range of cultural perspectives. It includes works of art that are by turn highly personal, deeply political, and full of joy,” he said.
First Nations perspectives from across the region are central to APT10, which also includes co-curated focuses on indigenous art in Taiwan; cultural expression in Northern Oceania; and pre-colonial exchange between the Yolngu of north-east Arnhem Land and the Macassans of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. In addition, special projects explore ways of co-creating engagement with local Pasifika communities, as well as with the contemporary ceremonial culture of Papua New Guinea’s Uramat community.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the APT series was a signature event for Queensland’s art scene and had attracted 3.7 million visitors since its introduction in 1993. “APT10 explores the diverse stories and cultures of our region through an inspiring presentation of significant contemporary Asian and Pacific art,” the Premier said. “The exhibition brings together artists and collectives from more than 30 countries, representing diverse cultures across a wide geography.”
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