Made in China, AustraliaTony Ayres, Chen Ping, Shuxia Chen, Clara Chow, Lindy Lee, Kevin Leong, Owen Leong, Liu Xiao Xian, Jane Quon, Pamela Mei-Leng See, Aaron Seeto, Jason Wing, Wi lliam Yang, John Young, Zhou Xiaoping, Tianli Zu
The migration and settlement of any large racial group in a new host country is complex. The complexity of the Chinese diaspora in Australia can be seen in the distinctive and diverse Chinese Australians living here. These categories are often reduced in the popular imagination to a single Asian stereotype. Made in China, Australia portrays how the different and individual processes of acculturation have impacted in diverse ways on the work of Chinese Australian artists.
The exhibition, curated by Greg Kwok Keung Leong, questions how the work of Chinese Australian artists is affected by the particular Chinese Australian heritage and experiences they have had. Some of the artists in the exhibition were born in Australia, others travelled to Australia in the past and some are recent arrivals which creates subtle differences that arise in the artists’ work due to their particular relationship with the two cultures.
Made in China, Australia investigates contemporary art practices across a range of mediums and disciplines, genders and generations.
Curator: Greg Kwok Keung Leong
Presented by Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Arts Tasmania, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, City of Hobart, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Contemporary Touring Initiative, Gordon Darling Foundation, Salamanca Arts Centre, National Touring Support Network and Visual Arts and Craft Strategy Tasmania
Owen Leong, Budi (from the Birthmark series), 2010, pigment print on archival cotton paper. Image courtesy of the artist and Diane Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne
DURATION21 Feb – 17 May, daily 10am-4pm (except Good Friday)
Owen Leong, artist Sat 21 Feb, 11am
Greg Kwok Keung Leong, curator
Sun 22 March, 2pm