press release

The sixth exhibition in the Gallery’s Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series will occupy the entire Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) as well as the iconic Watermall and adjoining galleries at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG).

APT6 will include the work of more than 100 artists from 25 countries, including collaborations and collectives, which reflect the diversity of practices across Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

APT6 will have a number of specific focuses and thematic links while considering recent shifts in contemporary art in communities that have not been represented in the APT before, including works by artists from Tibet, North Korea, Turkey and Iran, and from countries of the Mekong region such as Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma).

APT6 will also acknowledge the innovation that exists in performance and music in Asia and the Pacific. To this end, the Pacific Reggae Project will look at this musical genre as it has developed in Hawai'i, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and New Zealand.

The major thematic cinema program for APT6 looks west to explore cultural constellations across the Indian subcontinent (Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Pakistan) to West Asia and the Middle East (including Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine).

Kids’ APT will continue its groundbreaking program of interactive artworks and activities. The 11-day APT Summer Spectacular will coincide with school holidays in January 2010.

APT6 Artists

'The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT6) will profile new commissions and recent work by more than 100 artists and filmmakers from over 25 countries across the region.

APT6 will include for the first time contemporary artists from North Korea, Iran, Turkey, Tibet, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma). Australian artists presented in APT6 are the Philippines-born, Brisbane-based husband-and-wife team Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan; the Melbourne collective DAMP; Raafat Ishak (Melbourne); and Tracey Moffatt, who lives and works in New York and on the Sunshine Coast.

APT6 will include three groundbreaking presentations: The Mansudae Art Studio project, co-curated with filmmaker Nicholas Bonner (UK/China), the first presentation in Australia of contemporary art from North Korea; Pacific Reggae, co-curated with broadcaster Brent Clough (NZ/Australia), showcasing for the first time music and music video by reggae artists from Hawai’i, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia; and The Mekong, co-curated with artist Rich Streitmatter-Tran (Vietnam), featuring painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and video from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar (Burma).

Internationally acclaimed directors Ang Lee (Taiwan/USA), Rithy Panh (Cambodia/France) and Takeshi Kitano (Japan) are the filmmakers to be featured in the Australian Cinémathèque at the Gallery of Modern Art.

APT6 exhibiting artists and projects are:

Minam Apang | Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan | Chen Chieh-Jen | Chen Qiulin | Cheo Chai-Hiang | DAMP | Solomon Enos | Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian | Subodh Gupta | Gonkar Gyatso | Kyungah Ham | Ho Tzu Nyen | Emre Hüner | Raafat Ishak | Runa Islam | Ayaz Jokhio | Takeshi Kitano | Ang Lee | Mansudae Art Studio | Rudi Mantofani | Mataso Printers | The Mekong: Bùi Công Khánh, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Pich Sopheap, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Svay Ken, Tun Win Aung & Wah Nu, Vandy Rattana | Tracey Moffatt | Farhad Moshiri | Movement 8 | Kohei Nawa | Shinji Ohmaki | The One Year Drawing Project | Pacific Reggae | Rithy Panh | Reuben Paterson | Campbell Patterson | Wit Pimkanchanapong | Qiu Anxiong | Kibong Rhee | Hiraki Sawa | Shirana Shahbazi | Shooshie Sulaiman | Thukral & Tagra | Charwei Tsai | Vanuatu Sculptors | Rohan Wealleans | Robin White, Bale Jione & Leba Toki | Yang Shaobin | Yao Jui-Chung | YNG | Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing

The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6)
Orte: Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane - Gallery of Modern Art

Künstler: Minam Apang, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Chen Chieh-Jen, Chen Qiulin, Cheo Chai-Hiang, DAMP , Solomon Enos, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian , Subodh Gupta, Gonkar Gyatso, Kyungah Ham, Ho Tzu Nyen, Emre Hüner, Raafat Ishak, Runa Islam, Ayaz Jokhio, Takeshi Kitano, Ang Lee, Mansudae Art Studio , Rudi Mantofani, Mataso Printers, The Mekong: Bui Cong Khanh, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Pich Sopheap, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Svay Ken, Tun Win Aung & Wah Nu, Vandy Rattana, Tracey Moffatt, Farhad Moshiri, Movement 8 , Kohei Nawa, Shinji Ohmaki, The One Year Drawing Project , Pacific Reggae , Rithy Panh, Reuben Paterson, Campbell Patterson, Wit Pimkanchanapong, Qiu Anxiong, Kibong Rhee, Hiraki Sawa, Shirana Shahbazi, Shooshie Sulaiman, Thukral & Tagra, Charwei Tsai, Vanuatu Sculptors, Rohan Wealleans, Robin White, Bale Jione & Leba Toki, Yang Shaobin, Yao Jui-Chung, YNG , Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing