4A Members’ Exhibition 2005

8 December – 17 December 2005

Artists: Cate Norton, Catherine Cloran, Eduardo Lopex- Valdezpino, Elke Wohlfahrt, Fan Dongwang, Jennifer Jackson, Jenny Yan Jun Wassell, Jonathan Vencore, Josephine Seyfried, Juliana O’Dean, Megan Jones, Nathalie Hartong-Gautier, Zara Collins

Open to all members of the Asian Australian Artists Association, this annual fundraising show provided an opportunity for both emerging and established artists to showcase new or existing work across a range of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture and installation.

Asian Traffic Shenzhen

15 December 2005 – 18 February 2006

OCTA, Contemporary Art Centre, Shenzhen

Artist: Ma Chu

Curator: Huang Zhuan

In 2004, 4A embarked on an ambitious exhibition project called Asian Traffic. Curated by Binghui Huangfu, this multi-chapter exhibition included the work of key Asian artists working in the region in an exhibition which marked out some of the shifting concerns of artists at the beginning of this century. The exhibition had a geographic reach that spread throughout Asia, and in 2005 developed into a major international touring project.

Still Away

3 November – 3 December 2005

Artists: Phaptawan Suwannakudt (Australia), Michael Shaowanasai (US), Navin Raiwanchaikul (Japan)

Still Away was a complimentary parallel event to a major Thai contemporary art exhibition held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). The exhibition at AGNSW featured a large cross section of the vibrant contemporary art movement that was developing in Thailand. This exhibition was produced by AGNSW with 4A as part of our ongoing partnership philosophy. The two exhibitions focused on diasporic elements of Thai contemporary art.

It appears to be a peculiar phenomena of Thai contemporary art that whilst most of its practitioners have travelled and studied overseas, most seem to base their practice back in Thailand. In the complementary exhibition at 4A, the artists involved addressed what it means to be Thai while remaining outside of Thailand.

Asian Traffic Shanghai

22 October – 30 November, 2005

Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai 

Artists: Huang Kui, Jin Feng, Jin Shan, Su Wenxiang, Tang Maohong, Arahmaiani, Shoufay Derz, Katherine Huang, Yoko Kajio, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jae Hoon Lee, Owen Leong, Leung Mee Ping, Koky Saly, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Michael Shaowanasai, Renee So, Kijeong Song, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Suzann Victor, Keith Wong, Mahmoud Yekta, Wang Zhiyuan

In 2004, 4A embarked on an ambitious exhibition project called Asian Traffic. Curated by Binghui Huangfu, this multi-chapter exhibition included the work of key Asian artists working in the region in an exhibition which marked out some of the shifting concerns of artists at the beginning of this century. The exhibition had a geographic reach that spread throughout Asia, and in 2005 developed into a major international touring project.

Asian Traffic Beijing

1 September – 15 September, 2005

Today Art Museum, Beijing 

Conference: Transnational Culture2 September

Artists: Shigeyuki Kihara, Michael Shaowanasai, Renee So, Kijeong Song, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Suzann Victor, Keith Wong, Mahmoud Yekta, Wang Zhiyuan

Curator: Leng Lin

In 2004, 4A embarked on an ambitious exhibition project called Asian Traffic. Curated by Binghui Huangfu, this multi-chapter exhibition included the work of key Asian artists working in the region in an exhibition which marked out some of the shifting concerns of artists at the beginning of this century. The exhibition had a geographic reach that spread throughout Asia, and in 2005 developed into a major international touring project.

Game

4 Feburary – 5 March, 2005

Artist: Liu Xiao Xian

Game opened the 2005 program of the Asia Australia Art Centre coinciding with the Chinese New Year Celebrations. The project involved the exhibition of works by emerging Australian artist Liu Xiao Xian ranging from photographs, sculpture and installation pieces.

The exhibition explored Liu Xiao Xian’s practice reflecting his experience of being Chinese outside of China. He achieves this in his works through an almost poetic exploration of history that incorporated historical images such as nineteenth century stereo photographs. This is reflected in the works exhibited entitled My Other Lives, which are large stereoscopic photographs of famous cities around the world with the artist inserting his own visage in the imagery. A key concern of this work is to render visible the presence of Asian-Australians within the dominant narratives of Australian history by providing a cultural and visual discussion of what it means to live both ‘in’ and ‘out’ of Australia and China.