A World View is a unique opportunity for Cairns audiences to experience key works from the international collection of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).
A World View was first shown at GOMA as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations and honoured the far-reaching contribution of Tim Fairfax ac, one of Australia’s most generous philanthropists. Over the years, Tim Fairfax has supported the acquisition of more than seventy of the most remarkable works to enter QAGOMA’s Collection, including installation, sculpture, video and photographic works from around the world, with a particular focus on Africa, South America and the Pacific.
QAGOMA Director Chris Saines explains that the human body and human experience of the world inform many of the works in the exhibition.
Highlights of the exhibition include Michael Parekowhai’s larger-than-life sculpture of a security guard Kapa Haka (Whero) 2003, Yvonne Todd’s uncanny tapestry portrait Alice Bayke 2008, Chinese Australian artist Ah Xian’s intricately worked bust Human human – Bust no. 5 2002, and Iranian/Swiss artist Shirana Shahbazi’s beautifully detailed photographs on aluminium from her Flowers, fruits & portraits series.
Colourful drawings by Nigerian-born artist Otobong Nkanga reflect on the fast-paced development in Lagos, Nigeria, while Siva in Motion 2012, a dramatic video by Shigeyuki Kihara, features the artist performing a ballet of very precise, traditional hand gestures reflecting the ancestors, politics and cultural life of Samoa.
with Simon Elliot, Deputy Director QAGOMA
Friday 28 September, 6.00 pm
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Image: AH XIAN, China/Australia b.1960, Human human – Bust no.5 2002, Hand-beaten copper, finely enamelled in the cloisonné technique. Purchased 2009 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery