Kenneth Lo | 16 November 2015

With a passion in film and TV with a flair in the written word, Kenneth Lo loves to explore the world through film, art and culture.

The APT Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Arts returns to Queensland as QAGOMA's flagship for contemporary art exhibits. With 160 biennials and triennials currently staged worldwide, the APT is the only exhibition series to focus on the contemporary art of Asia, Australia and the Pacific, extending to a variety of events encouraging discussions, interaction and the senses for a fully immersive exhibit. Certainly, there are high expectations following the resounding success of APT7, featuring renowned Indian-born artist Raqib Shaw showcasing his exquisite stained-glass 10-meter-long masterpiece entitled ‘Arrival of the Horse King (Paradise Lost Series) as well as the delicate suspended re-creation of Japan’s Byodo-In Temple as a vertical double image by Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki.

Blood Generation
In its eighth edition, APT8 comes to QAGOMA emphasising the role of performance in recent art with live actions, video, kinetic art, figurative painting and sculpture that explores human form as an expression of cultural, social and political ideas while placing artists and their roles under the spotlight. The exhibition will embrace artworks from a total of 83 artists from 36 different countries, including significant Australian involvement from artists Abdul Abdullah, Janenne Eaton, Lawrence English and Indigenous artists Gunybi Ganambarr, Brook Andrew, Richard Bell – amongst many more. There are also artworks from countries such as Mongolia, Nepal, the Kyrgyz Republic and Iraq with Georgia also represented for the first time.

One of the APT8 spotlights will shine on Indian-born artist Asim Waqif for his astonishing structural installation ‘All We Leave behind Are the Memories’ expanding throughout the gallery in GOMA. Asim specialises in large-scale installations built from found materials to surround the principles of architecture, urban planning and interactivity. ‘All We Leave behind Are the Memories’ was constructed from used timbers typical of vernacular South East Queensland architecture. This structure is embedded with sounds and light sensors to be triggered, allowing for the imagination to explore sustainability while invoking curiosity as a result of this manmade wooden jungle. Another commission to look out for is the elegant suspended sculpture by South Korean artist Haegue Yang. Haegue’s piece involves more than 1,000 Venetian blinds, questioning the boundaries of abstraction through light, colour, objects and movement that allow us to shift and direct our art perspectives.

Kalpa Vriksha APT8
APT8 also includes two special focus projects from India and Melanesia, looking at Indigenous, vernacular and performance arts. Kalpa Vriksha; Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India – the first major display of its kind in Australia – focuses on showcasing exciting and experimental artists while incorporating an array of artistic Indigenous traditions to capture traditional iconography and techniques. There is also Yumi Danis (We Dance) from Melanesia, co-curated by Ni-Vanuata songwriter, musician and writer Marcel Melto. The work has been fashioned into an engaging interactive multimedia installation that includes dancers and musicians from Papua, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

APT8 Kids: License To Draw
APT8 presents extended versions of the exhibition with artist talks, panels and conversations that address concepts behind exhibition pieceswhile APT8 Live offers a live and interactive programme of artist performances. Film lovers will enjoy APT8 Cinema with contemporary films POP ISLAM and FILIPINO INDIE along with various works by artist-filmmaker Lav Diaz. APT8 Dining means Asian Pacific inspired lunches from the QAG Café or GOMA Café Bistro or dinners with matching wines from GOMA Restaurant for a laden sensorial experience. As a family-friendly event, APT8 Kids allows young visitors to explore immersive installations, interactive activities and multimedia. In conjunction with the upcoming Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, this will be one of the three biggest art events in Queensland, particularly promoting Brisbane to the entertainment foreground for arts and culture.

APT8 launches from QAGOMA, Saturday November 21 until Sunday April 10, with the full schedule for Opening Weekend available here.


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