The presentation of contemporary Japanese visual art in APT9

Project Summary

28 August 2018

Sector: Arts and Culture

Country location: Australia

Grantee: Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art


musicians playing instruments blind-folded whilst singers sing with their hands covering their eyes
Koizumi Meiro Japan, b. 1976 Rite for a dream (Today my empire sings) (still) 2016 Three-channel video installation, sound, 27:30 mins / Image courtesy: The artist and Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo. Credit: Image courtesy: The artist and Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo.

Project description

Stretching from Iraq to Hawai’i, ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) will bring new and significant art from across the region to Brisbane. Now in its twenty-fifth year, QAGOMA’s flagship contemporary art series draws visitors with its unique mix of visual spectacle and cross-cultural insight. Highlights will be a substantial number of newly commissioned works, as well as works by emerging, mid-career and senior artists and influential works that continue to shape contemporary art in the region. The exhibition will feature over 80 artists and groups whose work is notable for making an impact in contemporary art in its local context, including a large representation of Australian artists. Their works will reveal a number of preoccupations, such as the use of innovative approaches to indigenous traditions and modern thought, the re-imagining of histories or poetic narratives and the ability to show our universal yet diverse relations to nature and culture. APT9 will feature the work of practitioners from Japan – Shinro Ohtake, Mao Ishikawa, Yuko Mohri and Meiro Koizumi. These artists represent the extraordinary diversity, vibrancy and complexity of contemporary Japanese art. The exhibition is free and developed for audiences of all ages.

Key dates:

  • APT9 Exhibition, Brisbane, 24/11/2018 to 28/04/2019
  • Publication available, Brisbane, 24/11/2018 to 28/04/2019
  • APT9 Symposium, Brisbane, 26/11/2018
  • APT9 Closing Weekend, Brisbane, 27/04/2019 to 28/04/2019

Social media: @qagoma on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram Youtube.com/QAGOMA_Australia #APT9 http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $30,000


Last Updated: 6 September 2018