Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

Project Centre for Contemporary Art, Wollongong, NSW, 26 October – 14 November 1999
Gallery 4A, Sydney, 30 August – 23 September 2000

Curator: Laurens Tan
Artists: Tom Dion, Dong Wang Fan, Jiyang Jin, Ying Guo, Tiffany Lee-Shoy, Montri Muenowy, Aaron Seeto, Jiawei Shen, Laurens Tan, Ngoc Tran, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn and Lan Wang.

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? is a survey exhibition of Asian Australian artists living and working in the Illawarra and southern regions of Sydney. Taking its title from the 60’s classica starring Sydney Poitier, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner explores the involvement of Asian Australians in the shaping of our Australian community, while at the same time revealing the diversity of their cultural heritage and experiences.

The twelve artists in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? represent a smorgasbord of established and emerging practitioners, newly migrated and Australian-born Asian Australians, working in the areas of painting, sculpture, installation, multi-media and photography.

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? is a Wollongong City Gallery state-wide touring exhibition initiated by the Project Centre for Contemporary Art, and supported by the Wollongong Image Campaign.

Header image: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, 2000, exhibition view
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Ying Guo, Untitled, 1998, watercolour on paper.
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Jiyang Jin, Dao-Yi and Huai-Rang, 1997, oil on canvas; Dong Wan Fan, Decendants #2 – Black Shadows, 1996, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Courtesy of the University of Wollongong Art Collection; Lan Wang, Chinese Opera Stories No. 5, 1996, synthetic polymer paint on paper; Aaron Seeto, This Little Piggy Went to Market, 1999, Type C photograph; Aaron Seeto, TStill Life with Fishmonger, 1999, Type C photograph.
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Jaiwei Shen, Standing on Guard for our great Motherland, 1974, oil on canvas; Laurens Tan, Mars Cafe, 2000, perspex; Laurens Tan, Cafe Curtains, 1999, photograph on perspex in aluminium backlit display.
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L-R: Tiffany Lee-Shoy, Untitled, 1999, hand stitched cheong-sam, Chinese embroidered satin, lurex thread, huaniu satin binding, willow pattern china, digitally printed tracing paper and banana lollies; Montri Muenouy, In Remembrance of, 1993, B+W photograph; Ngoc Tran, Untitled, 1999, wax and oil paint on velvet jewellery box; Tom Dion, Barney, 1993, silver gelatin print; Tom Dion, Ernie, 1993, silver gelatin print; Tom Dion, Watches, 1999, wood, glass, velvet, pins, watches, On loan from the Charles Dion Archive; Tom Dion, The Dion Family, photo taken 1919, resin coated print, On loan from the Charles Dion Archive; Tom Dion, Bus Mirror, circa 1940, mirrored glass and wood, On loan from the Charles Dion Archive; Tom Dion, Uncle Tom, 1994, silver gelatin print, On loan from the Charles Dion Archive; Tom Dion, Alma, 1993, silver gelatin print, On loan from the Charles Dion Archive.
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Aaron Seeto, This Little Piggy Went to Market, 1999, Type C photograph; Aaron Seeto, TStill Life with Fishmonger, 1999, Type C photograph; Aaron Seeto, Butcher, Undercover Markets, Hong Kong, 1999, Type C photograph.
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Jiyang Jin, Dao-Yi and Huai-Rang, 1997, oil on canvas; Jiyang Jin, Lohans, 1999, oil on canvas; Jiyang Jin, Lohans, 1999, oil on canvas; Jiyang Jin, Dan-Xia and Da-Yu, 1997, oil on canvas; Savanhdray Vongpoothorn, Light Kasina, 1995, fibre washers and synthetic polymer paste on canvas; Savanhdray Vongpoothorn, Rain, 1998, synthetic polymer paint on perforated canvas; Tiffany Lee-Shoy, Untitled, 1999, hand stitched cheong-sam, Chinese embroidered satin, lurex thread, huaniu satin binding, willow pattern china, digitally printed tracing paper and banana lollies.
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Lan Wang, Chinese Opera Stories No. 5, 1996, synthetic polymer paint on paper; Lan Wang, Chinese Ancient Figures No. 5, 1996, synthetic polymer paint on paper; Lan Wang, Spring Ox (Red Chinese Characters), 1997, synthetic polymer paint on paper.
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Laurens Tan, Mars Cafe, 2000, perspex; Laurens Tan, Cafe Curtains, 1999, photograph on perspex in aluminium backlit display.
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Savanhdray Vongpoothorn, Light Kasina, 1995, fibre washers and synthetic polymer paste on canvas; Savanhdray Vongpoothorn, Rain, 1998, synthetic polymer paint on perforated canvas.