Qiu Zhijie, Map of Technological Ethics (detail), 2018, site-specific mural. Installation view. From the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Photo: Chloe Callistemon.

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

To simply say that the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is an event that showcases contemporary art from Asia, Australia, and the Pacific islands would fail to convey the sheer vitality of its many iterations since 1993, which, more than any other recurring exhibition, have shaped Australia’s cultural identity in the digital age. Its ninth installment, led by Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s director Chris Saines and Asia-Pacific curatorial manager Zara Stanhope, appears more assured than ever. In this outing, which includes more than eighty artists and collectives from thirty different countries (and, notably, offers nearly equal gender representation), art-historical continuity is favored over disruption, and nuanced engagements with the particularities of artistic practice supplant prior emphases on multiculturalism.

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