The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
For this landmark tenth edition, QAGOMA’s Asia Pacific Triennial looks to the future of art and the world we inhabit together. It’s rich with stories of how to navigate through time and space, reimagine histories and explore connections to culture and place.
‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) will include 69 projects with new and recent work by emerging and established artists and collectives, together comprising more than 150 individuals from 30 countries. It includes works of art that are by turn highly personal, deeply political, and full of joy. Including major new and recently commissioned works, APT involves a great depth of research by the Gallery’s in-house curators working collaboratively with a network of artists across wide and diverse geographies from Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Over the last few years, Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho have been spending time on the sugar-producing island of Negros in the Philippines, where they have been studying a powerful church mural by Filipino-American artist Alfonso Ossorio known as The Angry Christ (1950). Lien and Camacho provocatively read this religious image through the lens of the island’s sugarcane ecology, and their research process has involved engagements with artists, activists and plantation workers affected by the entrenched and brutal class system and its history of political violence.
Linking the situation in Negros to a global history of the plantation, the artists’ group of works for APT10 also draws inspiration from Sylvia Wynter’s theorisation of the humble garden plots nurtured by African slaves in the Caribbean as a form of "cultural guerilla resistance" to the colonial plantation economy. Their multi-part project includes a reimagined winged altarpiece structure with inked rice paper panels, works on paper handmade from pulped organic matter (including sugarcane fiber sourced in Negros), as well as an accompanying zine and artist lecture.
4 December 2021 - 25 April 2022
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Place, South Brisbane