The Asia Pacific Triennial 7 Art Jaunt

Writing Room- Parastou Forouhar
Brisbane is in the midst of floods but last weekend when I went for the Asia Pacific Triennial #7 the weather was hot, sunny and welcoming. It was my first APT and first visit to QGOMA. It was wonderful. The new gallery is open, spacious and light and the exhibition flowed beautifully from room to room.

Papuan New Guinea

Timothy Cook room


I can’t say that there was one work that prevailed, each time I think of a room there is a work that stood out.  I agreed with John MacDonald’s review and he is much more eloquent than I so feel free to click on his for a run down.

There was one work that appealed to me on all levels and from the crowds, I think it was also a huge crowd-pleaser and that was the work of Raquib Shaw, both horrific and exquisite and photography of the work just does not cut it.

Of course the contemporary work from Papua New Guinea is unbelievably impressive and I am sorry I missed the opening to catch the dancers, some of which I had seen at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Another work that left a lasting impression was a video installation Disappearing Landscape-Passing II 2011 by Yuan Goang-Ming a Taiwanese artist. It was mesmerizing and haunting and I can’t remember that last time I was transfixed by video art.

All in all it was a marvellous jaunt north and I was impressed with Brisbane’s Cultural precinct by the river. I hope they are all safe as I write this and the river rises.

Raquib ShawGallery APT7 Iatapal Cultural Group Mary 2011QGOMA 2Paramodel JapanQGOMA


12 thoughts on “The Asia Pacific Triennial 7 Art Jaunt

  1. It all looks amazing, Sue. I too hope everyone is okay in Brisbane and elsewhere. It is horrific to think the flooding is happening again.
    I have seen precious few exhibitions in the last couple of years but was lucky enough to be taken to see the Louise Bourgeois exhibiton at Heide last week. It was thrilling to finally see some of her work “live”.

  2. Hi Sue, I too hope that everyone is safe and dry ! In the UK we have had our fair share of flooding – fortunately, although we have had plenty of rain (down on the South Coast) – we have escaped the horrendous flooding. Your art jaunt seems well worth the effort – I love the scale and vitality of the first image : the caligraphic landscape – great stuff ! : ) }

    • It was a beautiful work to walk into. My daughter has just returned from a good soaking over Xmas in London. I do like the idea of cold rain rather than our humidity. Cheers Sue

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    • Of course. No problems loved your photos of the works. I’m certainly no photographer. I rush and a lot is just so I can recall the works later. Cheers Sue

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