Asian-Australian Art Now: Positioning the Field(s)

Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 September, 2008

Organised by the Australian Centre for Asian Art & Archaeology, University of Sydney and Gallery 4A, Sydney with the financial support of the ARC Asia-Pacific Futures Research Network, the School of Letters, Art and Media of the University of Sydney, and Gallery 4A.

This workshop will provide a forum for statement and debates by artists, art theorists, art administrators and curators on what constitutes Asian-Australian art. We will debate whether this kind of hyphenated naming and categorisation has value, and if so what kind? Should cultural identification, in current condition of national and global art, be deferred as simply a situation of reference of art practice, where of the artist of the theorising and exhibiting agencies? There is an increasing body of work by Australian artists whose stating point is their own family links to different Asian cultures, and there are artists without such a background who increasingly work directly in Asian countries or with Asian references. These positions have resulted in a complex web of Asian and Australian encounters.

The workshop will be organised in four sessions with the confirmed speakers listed below:

Saturday 27 September

Morning: Art Practice: Asian-Australian Artists
Speakers include: Ah Xian, Gennady Liu, Yuji Sone, Suzann Victor, John Young

Afternoon: Art Theory
Speakers include: Charles Green and Lyndell Brown, Cuong Le, Francis Maravillas, Djon Mundine, Nicholas Tsoutas

Sundau 28 September

Morning: Art Practice: Australian Asian Artists
Speakers include: Vernon Ah-Kee, Prapon Kumjim, Rodney Glick, Lindy Lee, Jamil Yamani

Afternoon: Exhibition
Speakers include: Alison Carrol, Christine Clark, Rachel Kend, Kim Machan