Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art presents The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art announces The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) being held 8 December 2012 — 14 April 2013.

Bruno Akau and Alfred Sapu | b. unknown | Pilelo Island, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea | Tabuan Kamut Mut 2011 | Commercial polyester cotton, plastic, balsa wood, sago fibre, plastic bag, dried leaves, synthetic polymer paint, permanent-marker pen, split bamboo, commercial string, feathers, rubber-bands, twigs, dried seed | 2 masks | Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT7) marks the twentieth anniversary of the APT series which is the only recurring exhibition to present the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. APT7 will feature new and recent work by 77 artists and artist groups from 27 countries across the region, including painting, installation, sculpture and photography by Indigenous Australian artists; new works by artists from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Vietnam; and a special focus on West Asia, with works and major commissions by artists from Turkey through the Middle East to Iran and Central Asia.

A central theme in APT7 will be our relationship to place at a time of rapid urbanisation and flux of people, trade and influence. This is explored through the ideas of temporary structures; representations of changing landscapes; and varied engagements with the city.

A major commission of architectural structures by artists from the East Sepik province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be a highlight of the project. A diverse selection of masks from nine cultural groups in New Britain and the Sepik River regions of PNG have also been acquired for inclusion in APT7.

Another key element of APT7 will be The Premier of Queensland’s Sculpture Commission, The World Turns by Michael Parekowhai. This major public art commission marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of GOMA in December 2011 and twenty years of APT.

The twentieth anniversary of APT presents an opportunity to reflect upon the unprecedented transformations that have occurred in Australia, Asia and the Pacific over the past two decades. As part of this project the Gallery’s extensive APT archives will be profiled throughout the exhibition, online, and in the public program, reflecting upon the diverse histories that archives have written of the past two decades of art, society, politics and culture.

The groundbreaking Kids’ APT will also be a key feature of APT7, premiering an extensive range of interactive artworks, installations and On Tour program.

APT7 will include a major film program curated by the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque that expands on the exhibition’s exploration of change and includes a program of Chinese animation. – www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

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