A Curator(Ial) Collaborative: Curating Contemporary Asian Art in an Australian Context


This presentation begins with an examination of the historical relationship in cultural shifts in Australia, which reflects the re-orientation towards the Asia-Pacific region and the development of Asian contemporary art over the last two decades. This research reflects my cultural and artistic position on the imposition of Australian culture on Asian culture and vice versa. In 2011, the Australian Government launched an Australian Multicultural Policy titled ‘The People of Australia’. This policy inspired me to reflect on the cultural impact of multi­ethnic immigrants on Australian arts, culture and society. I have been traveling and researching between Australia and Asia for 10 years. My experience of Australian multiculturalism has influenced my artistic practices and inter-cultural cognition. I have witnessed the influences of Australian multicultural society, the effects of geopolitics in Asia-Pacific area and the impacts of globalization. All of these issues remind me that it is important to examine the development of the Asian Australian contemporary arts and to analyze the ‘Asianisation’ of Australia. The goal of the historical investigation is to understand how socially and culturally engaged Asian art practices and exhibition makings have been used in the field of Australian and global contemporary art. Integrating the research methodology with the curatorial practice, this research consists of case studies and staging of experimental art projects. Each of these projects will investigate the relationship between artists and creative practitioners using social and cultural analysis. It aims to establish a new curating approach to advocating collaborative curatorial practices.

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Wilson Chun Wai Yeung, RMIT University, Australia

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Conference: ACAS2017
Stream: Comparative Studies of Asian and East Asian Studies

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