···············2.03.12Adelaide International 2012: Restless
···············20.04.12Sidney Nolan: the Gallipoli series
···············22.06.12NOW and WHEN: Australian urbanism
···············03.08.12Beyond the self: Contemporary portraiture from Asia
···············03.08.12Irrational and Idiosyncratic
Presented by the Samstag Museum for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2012 OzAsia Festival, Beyond the Self features the artwork of Alwar Balasubramaniam, Nadiah Bamadhaj, Atul Bhalla, Nikhil Chopra, S Teddy D, Alfredo Esquillo Jnr, FX Harsono, Jose Legaspi, Pushpamala N, Eko Nugroho, Herra Pahlasari, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Navin Rawanchaikul, Tejal Shah, Vivan Sundaram, Agus Suwage, Melati Suryodarmo and Hema Upadhyay.
Beyond the self: Contemporary portraiture from Asia is a National Portrait Gallery Exhibition; sponsored by Ernst & Young; supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.
Image: Atul BHALLA, Submerged Again, 2005, archival pigment print, approx. 126 x 182cm each, courtesy the artist
self: Contemporary portraiture from Asia
The use and manipulation of the artist’s own image has become prevalent in contemporary art across the Asian region: Beyond the self: Contemporary portraiture from Asia explores the representation of the self in current South and Southeast Asian visual art practice.
The contemporary world for these artists is one of increased global awareness, mobility and altered economic and technological possibilities, providing the impetus to use self-portraiture to navigate between new and existing cultural boundaries, and challenge traditional positioning of identity.
Bringing together painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation and media works, Beyond the self looks at the transformative possibility of portraiture through art from the early 2000s to the present, created by artists from Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Education Resource (PDF file, 1.2mb)
Beyond the self: Contemporary portraiture from Asia - Media release (PDF file, 360kb)
Christine Clark, National Portrait Gallery curator - floor talk 15 September 2012 - listen (MP3 file - 48Mb)
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