Yu Ji, Flesh in stone – Anthropos II, 2021, cement, sand, steel bar, 70 x 110 x 55cm
For this landmark tenth edition, QAGOMA’s Asia Pacific Triennial looks to the future of art and the world we inhabit together. It’s rich with stories of how to navigate through time and space, reimagine histories and explore connections to culture and place.
‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) includes 69 projects with new and recent work by emerging and established artists and collectives, together comprising more than 150 individuals from 30 countries. It includes works of art that are by turn highly personal, deeply political, and full of joy.
Including major new and recently commissioned works, APT involves a great depth of research by the Gallery’s in-house curators working collaboratively with a network of artists across wide and diverse geographies from Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
As visitors to past APT’s will anticipate, the expansive onsite exhibition experience across both our galleries, QAG and GOMA, features a great wealth of materials and techniques, from large-scale installations and immersive multimedia artworks to sculpture, textiles, paintings, photography and video. APT10 includes three curated cinema programs, interactive artist projects for children and families, plus onsite and virtual events including Up Late and a closing weekend Festival.
In her textured evocations of the fragility of the human form, Yu Ji seeks to unravel the dynamic relationship between bodies and the spaces they move through and inhabit. Her works range from configurations of intriguing sculptural objects to physically challenging performances undertaken in natural environments. Yu Ji places particular emphasis on the variance of surfaces; recurring motifs include cascading arrangements of wax, refigured building materials scavenged from demolition sites, and fragmentary, ambiguously gendered torsos cast from concrete.
Her group of sculptural works for APT10 are composed of various elements to create a kind of portrait, with reference to domestic routines — particularly mealtimes, cleaning and rest. In part, these derive from the intensified experience of home life mandated by global lockdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Acknowledging the hard-won rights to participate in the public sphere that women have attained over the last century — rights that remain incomplete — Yu Ji asks how the division of gender can be overcome completely.