Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus, Part 2

4A @ DARLINGHURST

101-111 WILLIAM STREET, DARLINGHURST

SYDNEY, NSW

Open Thursday to Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

Part 2: 3 June – 3 July 2021

Building upon the previous Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus exhibition, the works of Jin Hien Lau, Nathan Liow, Zachary Lopez and Sweet and Sour Collective delve into distinct experiences informed by disconnection and isolation. Working across a variety of practices and artistic methods, this exhibition further demonstrates the wide impact of racism and displacement on the POC population. The presented works poetically illustrate possible outlooks featuring cultural diversity in Australia’s future experience.


Artist Biographies: 

A proponent of the values of narrative across all forms of media and practices, Jin Hien Lau believes that in order to tell a good story, you must listen to a thousand better ones from everyone and everywhere first. Based in Sydney but a frequent collaborator on projects across Asia, Jin has applied his craft to fields ranging from prints, comics, illustrations and animation.

Melbourne pianist and composer, Nathan Liow, recently exhibited his collaborative work, “Music For Eyes” at Incinerator Gallery, which was also featured in the “New Movement Exhibition” at Cost Annex, Boston MA. His digital work, “Artifacts”, exhibited at West Space Gallery for Next Wave Festival. Liow’s compositions have appeared on a diverse range of mediums including for MIFF Official Selection film “Creswick” by filmmaker Natalie James, and other film and music festivals globally. He has performed alongside multiple ARIA recipient Andrea Keller at Melbourne’s Jazzlab, and during lockdown, he was commissioned by City Of Melbourne to broadcast a series of concerts from Tempo Rubato in Brunswick.

Zachary Lopez is a performer and choreographer. He explores the duality between his identities to understand cultural lineage and nationality within his practice. He has been commissioned for the Keir Choreographic Awards 2020 and by Sydney Dance Company, premiering works in Carriageworks (NSW) and Dancehouse (VIC). Zachary has been awarded a Young Creative Leaders Fellowship (Create NSW), an Australia Council Artstart Grant and creative development grants. He is currently working with Marrugeku and Legs on the wall and has worked with Punchdrunk’s co-artistic director Maxine Doyle (UK), Sydney Dance Company as an associate artist, Co3 (WA), The Farm (QLD), Opera Australia and with artists Amrita Hepi, Cass Mortimer-Eipper and Charmene Yap among others.

Sweet and Sour is a collective focusing on providing a voice for Asian-Australians. Being Asian today in Australia is not easy. When more than one culture demands your allegiance, there is a bizarre sense of existing between multiple worlds, yet not fully belonging to either. We are international students, mixed-race individuals and second-generation immigrants; many of us belong to multiple cultural identities, and face issues relating to belonging, racism and identity. Sweet and Sour was conceived with the notion of creating a space for individuals and communities with Asian heritage in Australia to share our thoughts, experiences and creativity. Members in Sweet and Sour: Chetan Kharbanda, Eleanor Hsu, James Yang, Joanne Leong, Malcolm Fortaleza, Chin-Jie Melodie Liu, Sydney Farey, Viv Wang and Yvonne Yong.


Exhibition Documentation

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Acute Actions: Responses To I Am Not A Virus (installation view), 2021, 4A @ 101-111 William Street, Sydney. Zachary Lopez, Roil Horizon, 2021, bamboo, nylon, single channel HD video, various materials and objects. Photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist.
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Acute Actions: Responses To I Am Not A Virus (installation view), 2021, 4A @ 101-111 William Street, Sydney. Left: Jin Hien Lau, Train of Thought, 2021, digital illustration, inkjet print. Right: Zachary Lopez, Roil Horizon, 2021, bamboo, nylon, single channel HD video, various materials and objects.Photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artists.

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Zachary Lopez, Roil Horizon, 2021, bamboo, nylon, single channel HD video, various materials and objects. Photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist.
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Jin Hien Lau, Train of Thought, 2021, digital illustration, inkjet print. Photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist.

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Jin Hien Lau, Train of Thought (detail), 2021, digital illustration, inkjet print. Photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist.

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Acute Actions: Responses To I Am Not A Virus (installation view), 2021, 4A @ 101-111 William Street, Sydney. Left: Sweet and Sour Group, Sweet and Sour Postcard Collaborative, 2020-21, mixed media installation. Right: Nathan Liow, Air(borne), 2021, two channel HD video, 2min 37sec. Photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artists.

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Nathan Liow, Air(borne), 2021, two channel HD video, 2min 37sec. Photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist.

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Sweet and Sour Group, Sweet and Sour Postcard Collaborative, 2020-21, mixed media installation. Photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artists.

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Sweet and Sour Group, Sweet and Sour Postcard Collaborative, 2020-21, mixed media installation. Photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist.

This exhibition is presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Diversity Arts Australia, as part of the I Am Not A Virus project. Supported by Australia Council, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, City of Sydney, City of Parramatta and Inner West Council.

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