Learning to see differently: the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Baguley, Margaret (2015) Learning to see differently: the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. In: Cultural essentialism in intercultural relations. Frontiers of Globalization Series. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, pp. 81-98. ISBN 978-1-137-49858-8


Contemporary artists seek to create work and establish an identity in an increasingly globalised and transnational world. Artists are thus compelled to operate within a system in which both their creative work and the venues they exhibit in are affected and informed by market forces. The question of identity, for both the artist and the venue, are complex and inevitably politicised, for each seeks to connect with and communicate often competing messages to their audience. This is exacerbated by the contradiction inherent in an artist often depicted as the ‘Other’ and therefore outside of the Western economic and intellectual locus of power, being selected as part of a competitive process or invited to exhibit in a major international exhibition.

The Asia-Pacific Triennial (APT) of contemporary art has been held at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), Australia, since 1993, and since 2006 has been jointly exhibited in the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), which is located in the same precinct. The APT is the only major exhibition series to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. For many artists mobility is essential to the creative process, and the Triennials have been critical in expanding cross-Asian and Pacific cultural dialogue and in giving varied artistic practice critical exposure beyond its local region.

The Triennials have presented cultural practices from diverse regions to Australian audiences who are confronted with challenging and at times confusing arts practices which interrogate and explore issues which are at times anathema to a democratic culture.

This chapter explores the origin and development of the APTs in relation to how they have portrayed, explained and/or excused the ‘Other’ during the seven exhibitions to date. The artists’ work will also be considered in relation to how, or if, the concept of ‘Other’ has been portrayed in the political context of the QAG/GOMA.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 06:35
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2016 04:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asia-Pacific Triennial, contemporary art, other, culture, art galleries, exhibition
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1057/9781137498601
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28109

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