Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia - Queensland Art Gallery

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia - Queensland Art Gallery

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

18 December 2010 – 26 April 2011

Almagul Menlibayeva / Wrapping history (detail) 2010 / Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

17 December 2010

Image: Leandro Erlich / Swimming

Pool 2008 / Installation view at

21st Century Museum of Art,

Kanazawa, Japan / Courtesy the

artist and Galleria Continua, San

Gimignano, Beijing, Le Moulin


Two spiralling steel slides, a sound installation created by live finches, a

swimming pool, a room filled with balloons, and a giant installation of

coloured plastic bags are centrepieces of a major exhibition of

contemporary art from around the world at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern

Art (GoMA).

These installations by internationally acclaimed artists are among the

200-plus works produced in the past ten years by more than 140 artists

from 42 countries in the exhibition ‘21st Century: Art in the First

Decade’, on display from December 18, 2010 until April 26, 2011.

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said ‘21st Century’ was

the largest exhibition of contemporary international art ever staged by a

single Australian art institution and would challenge ideas about

contemporary art and the art museum today.

‘The exhibition encompasses all of GoMA and explores the impact of

recent global political, economic, environmental and technological

issues through works by artists born in the 1920s through to the 1980s.

More than 80 per cent of works featured are drawn from the Gallery’s

expanding collection.’

‘‘21st Century’ is a multi-platform experience that includes ‘21st Century Kids’, 12 interactive projects

and a summer festival, supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation; the Internet Meme Project, a

curated program of 250 screens featuring viral internet content; three Australian Cinémathèque film

programs kicking off with ‘A New Tomorrow: Visions of the Future in Cinema’ from Boxing Day; and a

range of public programs including a symposium in March,’ Mr Ellwood said.

‘‘21st Century’ showcases art works from this decade from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the

Americas, Asia, the Pacific and Australia, across the full variety of contemporary media and

engaging in unique ways with the contemporary world.

‘Included are works by leading contemporary artists such as Ai Weiwei (China), Louise Bourgeois

(France/United States), Martin Boyce (Scotland), Tracey Emin (England), Leandro Erlich (Argentina),

Romuald Hazoumè (Benin), Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Rivane Neuenschwander (Brazil), Rirkrit

Tiravanija (Thailand) and Ricky Swallow (Australia).


‘Central to ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ is the Gallery’s contemporary international collection,

which had grown exponentially in recent years through strategic acquisitions, supported by leading

philanthropists and the Gallery Foundation.

‘‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ represents the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to innovative

international collecting initiatives, diverse programming in recognition of multiple audiences, and the

use of ground-breaking technology and multimedia publishing.’

Rick Wilkinson, Vice President Queensland of the exhibition’s Presenting Partner Santos said the

company shared the Queensland Art Gallery’s vision and energy for presenting a wide range of

contemporary art and ideas.

‘It is exhibitions such as ‘21st Century’ that take a creative, multi-disciplinary approach to global issues

that Santos admires,’ he said.

Mr Ellwood said the exhibition demonstrated that contemporary art in the twenty-first century was a

very inclusive and varied experience, engaging the widest possible public through ideas, direct

experience, spectacle and narrative.

‘Twenty-first century art takes an extraordinary range of forms and approaches, and is often based on

a situation, experience or encounter, rather than a traditional art object.

‘The exhibition points to this vitality and constant innovation in the forms that art may take, and also to

the ways that art engages with the key issues of our time,” he said.

The exhibition is accompanied by a blog, education resources and a major publication with texts by

international and Australian writers and curators, as well as the Gallery’s first book for children

featuring contributions and art-making activities from 16 exhibiting artists.

With a focus on new technologies ‘21st Century’ explores the enormous potential for learning and

connecting that technology offers, with interpretive tools such as smart phone interactive tours of the

exhibition, an interactive lounge space with free wi-fi, and computer terminals and magazines.

‘As artists and audiences are embracing more participatory experiences, and as the field of

contemporary art expands across the globe, contemporary museums such as GoMA are keeping

pace with these new directions,’ Mr Ellwood said.

For more information on ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ visit



1 December 2010

Image: Production still from Metropolis 1926 /

Director: Fritz Lang / 35mm, black and white, silent

(musical soundtrack featuring original 1927 score

by Gottfried Huppertz), 145 minutes, Germany,

English intertitles / Image courtesy: Potential Films


Film classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Solaris

(1972), ET: The Extra Terrestrial (1982) and The Matrix (1999) will

be highlights of a major program of science fiction and related

genre cinema exploring visions of the future at the Gallery of

Modern Art from Boxing Day until February 27, 2011.

Tickets for ‘A New Tomorrow: Visions of the Future in Cinema’ are

on sale through qtix at

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said ‘A New

Tomorrow’ was one of three specially curated film programs at

GoMA’s Australian Cinémathèque that would accompany the

upcoming exhibition ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’, a

groundbreaking and ambitious survey of international

contemporary art since 2000.

‘From science fiction favourites to cult classics, the 56 films in the program chart alternative scenarios for

civilisations to come and extraordinary explorations of new spaces, dimensions and frontiers in cinema.

They explore the consequences of environmental and biological change, anxieties over surveillance and

the collapse of social orders, and also demonstrate humanity’s capacity to adapt, reinvent itself and find

new solutions,’ Mr Ellwood said.

‘In addition to over 80 screenings of feature length and short films, ‘A New Tomorrow’ also includes a

film discussion on February 19 exploring questions of ethics, human evolution and destiny in science

fiction cinema, and a live audio-visual remix and rescoring of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece Blade Runner

(1982) by Berlin-based filmmaker and sound artist Zan Lyons on the final weekend of the program.

‘On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February Lyons will perform with viola, foot pedals and laptop while

simultaneously remixing and reworking Blade Runner. Lyons has completely rewritten the film's

electronic score by composer Vangelis and re-edited several scenes with his own visuals to achieve a

dark and chaotic spectacle,’ Mr Ellwood said.

‘Blade Runner will also screen in its remastered 2007 “final cut” version with additional and extended

scenes and enhanced special effects.

‘The program includes a new restoration of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), incorporating over 25

minutes of lost footage discovered in Buenos Aires in 2009.


‘Other early screen visions of the future featured in the program include William Cameron Menzies’

Things to Come (1936), Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Byron Haskin’s The War

of the Worlds (1953) and La Jetée (1962), the French film which inspired Terry Gilliam’s Twelve

Monkeys (1995).

‘On Australia Day, there will be a double bill of Australia’s most famous contribution to the genre, Mad

Max (1979) and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981).

‘Other cult favourites to screen include A Clockwork Orange (1971), Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985) and

Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale (2000).’

Recent titles to screen in the program will include Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men (2006), Neil

Blomkamp’s District 9 (2009) and Duncan Jones’ Moon (2009).

Also included are a double bill of James Cameron’s The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2:

Judgment Day (1991) and a focus on Japanese anime titles rarely screened in cinemas: Akira (1999),

Ghost in the Shell (1995) and episodes of Astro Boy from 1963 and 1980.

The Australian Cinémathèque offers a fully stocked candy bar and visitors can enjoy a drink in the

surrounding Internet Meme Project lounge, a curated part of the ‘21st Century’ exhibition which invites

interactive exploration of internet viral videos on over 200 screens.

For more information on the program and screening

times please visit

or pick up the new Cinema brochure.


Adults $9 / 5-film pass $36

Concession: $7 / 5-film pass $28

Members $6 / 5-film pass $24

Zan Lyons vs Blade Runner AV

General Admission $25

Gallery Members $16.50

Tickets are available to purchase in advance through

qtix 136 246 or from the GoMA Box

Office one hour prior to film screenings.


Image: Zan Lyons / Courtesy: The artist


17 December 2010

Image: Artist Romuald Hazoumè works with

local teenagers on the Children’s Art Centre

project (MIB) Made In Brisbane 2010.


Twelve interactive activities and artworks from leading

international contemporary artists, a summer festival, a regional

touring program and the first ever publication for kids are a

selection of the Children’s Art Centre offerings at the Gallery of

Modern Art this summer.

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said the ‘21st

Century Kids’ program for young visitors and families was an

integral component of ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’,

showing at GoMA from December 18, 2010 to April 26, 2011.

‘21st Century Kids’, spans both levels of the Gallery’s

dedicated Children’s Art Centre and is integrated throughout

the exhibition.

‘It’s a program that encourages children and families to discover the fresh and imaginative ways that

leading international artists consider their world in the twenty-first century,’ Mr Ellwood said.

‘21st Century Kids’ sees the introduction of all-new artist activities for the Gallery’s youngest audience,

as well as the return of favourites from previous exhibitions and key artworks in the exhibition will be

labelled with special didactics for young art lovers.

‘It includes unique activities and artworks developed by artists including Pierre Bismuth (France), Fiona

Hall (Australia), Romuald Hazoumé (Benin), Jorge Méndez Blake (Mexico) and Jana Sterbak (Czech


‘Appearing for the first time at GoMA is Rivane Neuenschwender’s acclaimed I wish your wish 2003, a

vibrant installation of colourful silk ribbons printed with wishes inspired by Brazilian tradition. Visitors are

encouraged to tie a ribbon printed with a wish to their wrist. According to tradition, the wish is granted

when the ribbon wears away or comes off.

‘Tony Albert’s popular multimedia interactive Alien nation embassy 2008 returns along with other

favourites such as Justine Cooper’s The call of the wild 2006 and Olafur Eliasson’s epic interactive Lego

project The cubic structural evolution project 2004 installed on a bench 22 metres in length.

Mr Ellwood said the ‘21st Century Kids’ was accompanied by a 176-page hardcover full colour

publication that included contributions from 16 artists featuring in the ‘21st Century’ exhibition.


‘21st Century Art for Kids is the Gallery’s first ever Children’s Art Centre publication. Each artist discusses

their background, inspiration and work in ways that will engage young readers and their families,’ he said.

‘In addition, we will present an action packed 11-day summer festival from January 13 to 23, with exciting

new media performances, artist-run workshops and activities and a specially curated animation program

at the Australian Cinémathèque.’

A regional program, the 21st Century Kids Summer Festival on Tour, will take place at 50 regional

galleries and other venues throughout Queensland on January 15, 2011.

For more information on children’s programs at GoMA this summer visit



• ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’, an ambitious exhibition of contemporary international art from the

first decade of the twenty-first century, will be presented at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

from December 18, 2010 to April 26, 2011.

• It is a multi-platform project encompassing the major exhibition occupying the entire Gallery of Modern

Art, interactive works for children and a summer festival, three film programs, an innovative range of

public programs, a blog, two publications (including the Gallery’s first book for children), educational and

interpretive programs and resources.

• It showcases over 220 works by more than 140 senior and emerging artists, born between 1911 and

1983, from 42 countries, with most of the work from the Gallery’s own expanding collection.

• ‘21st Century’ builds on contemporary art territory explored by the Queensland Art Gallery over the past

20 years with its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) exhibition series, Kids’ APT

programs, and Asian and Pacific collections — and signals a new commitment to be broadly

international in contemporary art collection development.

• The exhibition highlights the Gallery’s strategic acquisitions over the past decade with works from

Australia, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North, South and Central America.

• It will present a series of ambitious commissions, key loans from Australian and international

institutions, and a curated children’s program of interactive works.

• ‘The ‘21st Century’ project will explore artistic responses to the impact of global political, economic,

environmental and technological change, and current ideas about contemporary art and the role of

museums in the first decade of the new millennium.

• Major commissions for ‘21st Century’ include:

o Stockholm-based artist Carsten Höller’s installation of two spiral-shaped slides in GoMA’s foyer. The

slides will allow viewers to participate in the work – sending them hurtling from the Gallery’s third

floor to its ground level.

o Leandro Erlich’s astounding trompe l’oeil sculpture, Swimming pool, which represented Argentina at

the 2001 Venice Biennale.

o A major new installation work by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot in which visitors will share

a gallery with live finches.

o Untitled (NASDAQ) 2003 by Claude Closky (France), a wallpaper work that prefigured the financial

crisis of 2009.

o Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou’s installation of thousands of plastic bags that form an

enormous colourful sculptural form.

o A new wall drawing related to Jules Verne’s ‘A Drama in the Air’ (1851) by Mexican artist Jorge

Méndez Blake.

• New Queensland Art Gallery acquisitions being unveiled for the first time include sculptures by Romuald

Hazoumè (Benin) and artists from Cape York’s Aurukun community; drawings by Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

(Côte d’Ivoire); photographs by Mitra Tabrizian (Iran), Guy Tillim (South Africa) and Olaf Breuning

(Switzerland); and video works by SUPERFLEX (Denmark) and Sharif Waked (Palestine).

• ‘21st Century’ also will showcase major video works by Shaun Gladwell (Australia), Isaac Julien

(England), Robin Rhode (South Africa), Aernout Mik (The Netherlands) and Ryan Trecartin (United


• Popular works from the collection on exhibition include Bharti Kher’s bindi-covered elephant, The skin

speaks a language not its own 2006; Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus garden 2002 and Soul under the moon

2002; Candice Breitz’s King (a portrait of Michael Jackson) 2005; Olafur Eliasson’s participatory Lego

work, The cubic structural evolution project 2004; and Tobias Putrih’s monumental arch of cardboard

boxes, Connection 2004.

• ‘21st Century’ will be complemented by three major film and video programs, A New Tomorrow: Visions of

the Future in Cinema (December 26 – February 27, 2011, tickets on sale from,

Unseen: New Cinema in the 21st Century (March 4 – 26 April, 2011, free admission) and Video Witness:

News from the World (March 18-27, 2011, free admission), in GoMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.

• Extensive public programs, including children’s activities, will take place throughout the exhibition.

• A major publication featuring critical texts by a range of Australian and international writers and curators

will be published to coincide with the opening of ‘21st Century’.

• A new publication, 21st Century Art for Kids will be published to coincide with the Children’s Art Centre

activities and artworks.

• The exhibition blog at features background and contextual information on artists and

works in the show, and commentary from international curators and writers including co-curators for the

2011 Istanbul Biennial Jens Hoffman (USA) and Adriano Pedrosa (Brazil), Tom Vanderbilt (USA) and

Andrew Frost (Australia).


Several interconnected ideas run through the exhibition. They connect works to contemporary discussions

concerning art, museums, audiences and life in the twenty-first century. The question of how to respond

to realities that have confronted individuals and communities over the past decade has been taken up by

many artists in the ‘21st Century’ exhibition, as has the exploration of new ways to address longstanding

aesthetic and philosophical issues.

Key ideas which have emerged from groupings of works in the exhibition include:


The last decade has seen significant changes in how audiences’ experiences of art are understood. There

has been a strong emphasis on exploring new forms of exhibition making and museum display,

particularly with regards to the viewer’s sense of being implicated in a work.

Artists have experimented with making the viewer more conscious of the way art is experienced and there

has been a move away from the emphasis on the artist as an individual and towards collaborative

processes. Art practice increasingly embraces all forms, media and strategies, and all geographies.

Formal or media-based criteria for discussing and evaluating art have been surpassed by an emphasis on

how artists enlarge the field of art, question limits and renew the relationship between art and life.


Drawn primarily from the permanent collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, ‘21st Century’ reflects on a

decade of both art-making and collection development. The past decade has been a period of

extraordinary development for contemporary art, and has seen the fast expansion of an international

network of biennales, art fairs, museums and galleries. This has facilitated dialogue between artists and

enhanced audiences’ awareness of art from different parts of the world. New areas of collection

development featured in ‘21st Century’ include Africa, South and Central America and West Asia.


The recycling and repurposing of commonplace objects, sometimes rescued from the rubbish heap, is a

recurring strategy seen in the ‘21st Century’ exhibition, reflecting a world awash in commodities and

waste. Easily obtained and inexpensive materials such as plastic bags, fabric, cardboard boxes,

pandanus fibre and carbon paper are employed by artists in the exhibition for their physical properties as

well as for their connections to personal and cultural histories. Seemingly out of step with a world

saturated by virtual streams of data and images, these art works present us with the evidence of actions

and the labour of putting things together.


A concern to document and map the contemporary world and the often uneasy navigation between

‘local’ and ‘global’ runs through many works in the exhibition. Artists are responding to increasingly

interlinked geographies by producing idiosyncratic and disruptive inventories of the world. These

constitute erratic atlases of inhabited spaces which express perspectives on cultural ‘globalism’ and

economic ‘globalisation’.


In 2007, the world passed a demographic milestone: for the first time in human history, more people lived

in cities than in rural areas. Many artists have responded to alienating, routine or anonymous aspects of

the experience of living in ever-larger cities. Others have emphasised the creation of relationships at a

micro level that work against the homogenisation of contemporary life.


Over the last decade, there has been a resurgence in video art of simple performance-based acts to

camera, variously involving humour, physical gestures and feats of endurance. Using straightforward

technical means, they resonate with the beginnings of performance art and video art in the 1960s and

1970s while also connecting to the recent advent of YouTube and other online video sharing. websites.


The idea of art history as a singular progressive current of stylistic developments has been increasingly

challenged in the twenty-first century. Rather than heralding ‘the end of art history’, this contemporary

condition is generating more complex formulations of history. In place of a unified history of modern and

contemporary art defined in Europe and the United States, there is a widening awareness of the many

historical and geographic contexts for contemporary art practice.


Polish artist Artur Zmijewski’s 20-channel video installation Democracies 2009 features public

demonstrations and celebrations in eastern Europe, Israel and the West Bank and problematises the idea

of democracy, revealing its contradictions and limitations. Other works in the exhibition underline fractures

in modern nation states predicated on democratic ideals, where the pursuit of equal rights continues to be

of critical importance. Political theorist Antonio Negri recently suggested that the fundamental problem is

‘how to find ways of recreating an authentic democratic circulation and free movement’.


In the last decade, there has been a heightened awareness of the relationships between humans, other

animals and the environment. Many artists are contributing to contemporary art museum bestiaries of live,

dead, photographed and filmed animals, and reflecting on what our interspecies relationships reveal about

us. These animals often function as metaphors or mirrors for our own animal nature.


Some of the key ideas emerging through artists’ works in the ‘21st Century’ exhibition include the rethinking

of history in terms of a multitude of aesthetic genealogies; the changing experiences and understandings of

geography at local, regional and global levels; and the highlighting of interrelatedness and mutual

responsibility in regard to social and environmental issues. Many of these concerns relate to how humans

share the earth with each other and with other species, and how they understand their place in history and



In addition to works from the Queensland Art Gallery collection and key loans, ‘21st Century: Art in the First

Decade’ presents several major commissions from national and international artists. Some of these have

been developed and commissioned through the Gallery’s Children’s Art Centre.

Brook Andrew / Australia b.1981 / Wiradjuri people / Ancestral Worship 2010

Deck chairs and mixed media installation / Commissioned for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’

Brook Andrew often incorporates traditional carved Wiradjuri patterns into his

work. Here he combines them with images from historical post-cards, set on deckchairs

under playful trees. The work poses a sort of challenge: one can sit beside

these dignified people, rather than on them: the choice is ours. Andrew sees the

portraits as ‘ancestors’ or ‘gods’ – now gracing or haunting us with their presence.

These exquisite faces remind us how often our shared humanity is betrayed. It’s a

provocation, but importantly it’s also a memorial to our ancestors – whatever their


Céleste Boursier-Mougenot / France b.1961 / From here to ear (v. 13) 2010

Mixed media / Octagonal structures, each made in maple and plywood, harpsichord strings, piano pins,

contact microphones and broadcast system, coat hangers, metal recipients, seeds, water, nests, ground

in MDF, sand, grass, finches / Installed size variable / Commissioned for ‘21st Century: Art in the First

Decade’ Collection: The artist / Courtesy: Galerie Xippas, Paris / With thanks to the Queensland Finch


From here to ear, (v. 13) 2010 explicitly orchestrates a space for listening and

experiencing within a technical and organic apparatus of sound production.

‘Instruments’ have been constructed and tuned to create an environment for finches

to feed, fly, rest and make music through interacting with them as spaces for living.

Rather than 'participation' on the part of the viewer, the artist is particularly

interested in the quality of human attention that arises through experiencing the


Claude Closky / France b.1963 / Untitled (NASDAQ) 2003

Wallpaper / Dimensions variable / Installation commissioned for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ /

Courtesy: The artist

In his wallpaper work Untitled (NASDAQ) 2003, Closky uses columns of stockmarket

figures to form a literal backdrop to our lives. These lists of numbers in black and white

belie the extraordinary interconnectedness and incomprehensible levels of complexity

characteristic of the global economic system.

Leandro Erlich / Argentina b.1973 / Swimming pool 2010

Timber, swimming pool ladder, plexiglass and water / Courtesy: The artist and Galleria Continua, San

Gimignano, Beijing, Le Moulin / Commissioned for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’

Swimming pool 2010 is among Erlich’s most well-known and critically acclaimed

works — a trompe l’oeil sculpture of the most ambitious scale, in which a gallery

space is transformed into a swimming pool, complete with timber decking, ladder and

lapping water. Approaching the edge of the pool, visitors are further confounded by

the sight of people walking underneath the water. The installation was first displayed

at the 2001 Venice Biennale in the Argentinean pavilion, and has subsequently been

exhibited at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, and the 21st Century

Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, where a version has been constructed

as a permanent installation.

Fiona Hall / Australia b.1953 / Fly away home 2010

Bird nests courtesy of the Queensland Museum, paper, pencils, wallpaper, timber, MDF board, US dollars,

glass Installed size variable / Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First

Decade’ / Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery / Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family

Foundation 2010

Fiona Hall is an Australian artist who is known for her ability to make extraordinary

things from ordinary, everyday materials like paper currency and Coca-Cola cans. For

‘21st Century Kids’, Hall’s interest in the migratory patterns of birds and nest making is

translated into a hands-on activity. Young visitors are invited to enter the nest-inspired

activity space to create their own species of bird using specially designed templates

and paper money.

Carsten Höller / Belgium/Sweden b.1961 / Left/Right Slide 2010

Stainless steel, polycarbonate and rubber mats / 950 x 2562 x 412cm (installed) / Commissioned for ‘21st

Century: Art in the First Decade’ / Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery


Höller’s Left/Right slide 2010 is a double, spiral shaped slide connecting GoMA’s third

and ground floors. The artist describes these slides as devices for eliciting ‘an

emotional state that is a unique condition somewhere between delight and madness’.

He is keenly interested in the private (mental) sensations generated by sliding, and

embraces the idea that the experience will affect or ‘change’ participants.

Jorge Méndez Blake / Mexico b.1974 / Untitled 2010

Paint on wall / 1100 x 850cm / Commissioned for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ / Courtesy:

The artist and Messen de Clerq, Brussels

The wall drawing Untitled 2010 was inspired by an illustration by Émile-Antoine

Bayard for Jules Verne’s short story, ‘Un drame dans les airs’, first published in

1851. This describes a hair-raising balloon flight with an uninvited passenger,

who is intent on dropping the ballast and flying ever-higher. The protagonist

must outwit the stowaway, with his irrational and potentially mortal desire for

altitude; the latter, meanwhile, recounts the history of balloon travel, including

landmark achievements and disasters. Méndez Blake here comments on the

nineteenth-century European and North American literary genre of the

adventure story as it was linked to colonial exploration, and to the ideology of

progress as the advance of scientific knowledge. Méndez-Blake also contributes

another major commission, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure

Island, to the Children’s Art Centre.

Jana Sterbak / Czech Republic/Canada b.1955 / Children will show you art 2010

Queensland Art Gallery Collection, glasses fitted with cameras, modified USB hubs, computers,

touchscreens, decorative moulding, mirror, glass, timber, acrylic and MDF board / DVD: 6 minutes,

colour, sound / Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ /

Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery / Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation


Recorded inside a purpose-built, faux 19th century gallery space, Jana Sterbak’s

commission features an exhibition of works from the Gallery’s historical collections

curated by kids. Young visitors view the exhibition and record a film featuring their

responses to the works from their point of view using a small digital camera built

into a pair of high tech glasses. The finished film clips can be sent to friends and

family via email to show the young visitors ideas about works on show.

Pascale Marthine Tayou / Cameroon b.1967 / Plastic bags 2001–10

Plastic bags / 600 x 600 x 600cm (variable) / Commissioned for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’

/ Courtesy: The artist and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Le Moulin

The recycling and re-purposing of materials is a strategy for several artists in the

‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition who comment on issues of the

global circulation of goods, consumption and waste. Made from thousands of

plastic shopping bags, Tayou’s monolithic assemblage Plastic bags 2001–08 is

an ominous spectacle of consumerism that hangs from the ceiling, as if

threatening to spill its junk on the gallery floor. Tayou has compared the plastic

bags to people, describing them as both ‘useful and dangerous’, emphasising the

underlying contradictions of a world saturated with commodities.

Rirkrit Tiravanija / Argentina/Thailand b.1961 /Untitled (time sausage) 2010

Timber, glass, fabric, paper, pencils, animal product, wire, MDF board and mixed media /

Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ Courtesy: The

artist and the Queensland Art Gallery / Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

The work of Argentian-born artist Rirkrit Tiravanija aims to bring visitors together

and create living artworks, through activities such as sharing food in art galleries

and museums. Tiravanija’s work for ‘21st Century Kids’ is situated in a dynamic,

purpose-built activity space, which invites generations of children and their

grandparents to share family histories, stories and images. Contributions will be

collected and transformed during workshop demonstrations, creating new objects

for display in the space.

The Tissue Culture & Art Project / est. 1996, Perth, Western Australia. / Oron

Catts / Finland b.1967 / Ionat Zurr / England b.1970 / Odd Neolifism 2010

Bioreactor, glass, CO2, nutrient solution, living cells, and taxidermy and preserved specimens on loan

from the collections of QM Loans, Queensland Museum, Brisbane; the University of Queensland’s

Zoology Museum, courtesy of the School of Biological Sciences; and Mr David Burnett, Curator

International Art, QAG/GoMA / Internal cabinet dimensions: 135 x 1580 x 58.5cm / The Tissue Culture &

Art Project is hosted at SymbioticA — The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy and

Human Biology, The University of Western Australia / Commissioned for ‘21st Century: Art in the First


TC&A raises important cultural discussions about the ethics and epistemologies of

technologically manipulating living systems for human ends. Odd neolifism 2010 in

this context explores the field of taxonomy, or the classifying of specimens, as a

subject undergoing radical change in the era of genetic engineering. The artists ask

what place constructed forms of life can have in this system.


Artist Biodata Media Queensland Art

Gallery Collection/


ABDESSEMED, Adel (M) Algeria b.1971 Neon Loan

AH XIAN (M) China/Australia NSW b.1960 Sculpture QAG Collection

AI Weiwei (M) China b.1957 Found object QAG Collection

ALBERT, Tony (M) Australia b.1981, Girramay people Assemblage QAG Collection

ALYS, Francis (M) Belgium b.1959 35mm slide


ANDRADE TUDELA, Armando (M) Peru b.1975 Photograph QAG Collection

ANDREW, Brook (M) Australia b.1970 Painting /



QAG Collection /


ATLAS GROUP, THE / RAAD, Walid Lebanon est.1999 / b.1967 Prints QAG Collection

AURUKUN Camp Dog Sculptors (M) Australia / Jack Bell b.1950, Wik-Mungkan

people / Craig Koomeeta b.1977, Wik-Alkan

people / David Marpoondin b.1968, Wik-

Ngathan people / Garry Namponan b.1960,

Wik-Ngathan/Wik-Alkan people / Leigh

Namponan b.1965 Wik-Ngathan people /

Keith Wikmunea b.1967, Wik-Mungkan/Wik-

Alkan people / Roderick Yunkaporta b.1948,

Wik-Mungkan people

Sculpture QAG Collection

BELL, Richard (M) Australia b.1953, Kamilaroi people Painting QAG Collection

BISMUTH, Pierre (M) France b.1963 Installation QAG Collection

BOURGEOIS, Louise (F) France/United States 1911-2010 Sculpture Loan

BOURSIER-MOUGENOT, Céleste (M) France b.1961 Installation Commission

BOYCE, Martin (M) United Kingdom b.1967 Sculpture QAG Collection

BREITZ, Candice (F) South Africa b.1972 Video QAG Collection

BREUNING, Olaf (M) Switzerland b.1970 Photograph QAG Collection

BRULY BOUABRÉ, Frédéric (M) Ivory Coast b.(c.)1923 Drawing QAG Collection

CHAPMAN, Jake & Dinos (M) United Kingdom b.1966/1962 Prints QAG Collection

CLOSKY, Claude (M) France b.1963 Wallpaper /


Commission / Loan

COOKE, Nigel (M) United Kingdom b.1971 Painting QAG Collection

Artist Biodata Media Queensland Art

Gallery Collection/


COOPER, Justine (F) Australia/United States b.1968 Photograph /


CREED, Martin (M) United Kingdom b.1968 Installation Loan

QAG Collection

DE LA CRUZ, Angela (F) Spain b.1965 Painting QAG Collection est.2007 Palestine / Sandi Hilal / Alessandro Petti / Eyal


Installation Loan

DEMAND, Thomas (M) Germany b.1964 Photograph QAG Collection

DJURBERG, Nathalie (F) Sweden b.1978 Video QAG Collection

ECHAKHCH, Latifa (F) Morocco/France b.1974 Installation QAG Collection

ELIASSON, Olafur (M) Denmark b.1967 Installation QAG Collection

EMIN, Tracey (F) United Kingdom b.1963 Neon QAG Collection

ERLICH, Leandro (M) Argentina b.1973 Installation Commission

EZAWA, Kota (M) Germany/United States b.1969 Video QAG Collection


Shahroudy (F)

Iran b.1924 Mirror mosaic QAG Collection

FINCH, Spencer (M) United States b.1962 Installation QAG Collection

FOROUHAR, Parastou (F) Iran b.1962 Photograph QAG Collection

FRASER, Andrea (F) United States b.1965 Video QAG Collection

GABORI, Sally (F) Australia b.(c.)1924, Kaiadilt people Painting QAG Collection

GARRIMARRA, Sally (F) Australia b.1967, Ganalbingu people Fibre QAG Collection

GLADWELL, Shaun (M) Australia b.1972 Video Loan

GROSSE, Katharina (F) Germany b.1961 Painting QAG Collection

HALL, Fiona (F) Australia b.1953 Installation Commission / QAG


HAZOUMÈ, Romuald (M) Benin b.1962 Sculpture /


QAG Collection

HENSON, Bill (M) Australia b.1955 Photograph QAG Collection

HIRST, Damien (M) United Kingdom b.1965 Wallpaper / print QAG Collection

HÖLLER, Carsten (M) Belgium b.1961 Installation Commission

HU Yang (M) China b.1959 Photograph QAG Collection

Artist Biodata Media Queensland Art

Gallery Collection/


JACIR, Emily (F) Palestine/United States b.1970 Print QAG Collection

JIN-GUBARANGUNYJA, Lorna (F) Australia b.1952, Burarra people Fibre QAG Collection

JULIEN, Isaac (M) United Kingdom b.1960 Video Loan

KENTRIDGE, William (M) South Africa b.1955 Video / print QAG Collection

KHER, Bharti (F) India b.1969 Sculpture QAG Collection

KLOSE, Anastasia (F) Australia b.1978 Video Loan

KOOLMATRIE, Yvonne (F) Australia b.1944, Ngarrindjeri people Fibre QAG Collection

KRIEMANN, Susanne (F) Germany b.1972 Photograph QAG Collection

KUSAMA, Yayoi (F) Japan b.1929 Installation QAG Collection

LEE Mingwei (M) Taiwan/United States b.1964 Installation QAG Collection

Makarrki – King Alfred’s Country 2008

artists (F)

Australia, Kaiadilt People / Birmuyingathi Maali

Netta Loogatha b.1942 / Rayarriwarrtharrbayingat

Amy Loogatha b.1942 / Sally Gabori Australia

b.(c.)1924 / Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel Thomas

b.1946 / Thunduyingathi Bijarrb May Moodoonuthi

1929–2008 / Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul

b.(c.)1937 / Wirrngajingathi Bijarrb Dawn Naranatjil


Painting QAG Collection

MALGARRICH, Shirley (F) Australia b.1947, Burarra people Fibre QAG Collection

MANGANO, Gabriella and Silvana (F) Australia b.1972 Video Loan

McGINLEY, Ryan (M) United States b.1977 Photograph QAG Collection

MÉNDEZ BLAKE, Jorge (M) Mexico b.1974 Installation Commission

MENLIBAYEVA, Almagul (F) Kazakhstan b.1969 Photograph QAG Collection

MIK, Aernout (M) The Netherlands b.1962 Video QAG Collection

MOFFAT, Tracey (F) Australia/United States b.1960 Prints QAG Collection

MORTON, Callum (M) Australia b.1965 Sculpture QAG Collection

MOUNTFORD, Arlo (M) Australia b.1978 Video QAG Collection

NALMAKARRA, Mary (F) Australia b.1942, Burarra people Fibre QAG Collection

NASR, Moataz (M) Egypt b.1961 Textile QAG Collection

NEUENSCHWANDER, Rivane (F) Brazil b.1967 Video / installation QAG Collection /


OFILI, Chris (M) England b.1968 Painting Loan

Artist Biodata Media Queensland Art

Gallery Collection/


OPIE, Julian (M) England b.1958 L.E.D QAG Collection

OROZCO, Gabriel (M) Mexico b.1962 Sculpture QAG Collection

PAMBEGAN Jr, Arthur Koo-ekka (M) Australia b.1936, Wik-Mungkan people Sculpture QAG Collection

PARDINGTON, Fiona (F) New Zealand b. 1961 Photograph QAG Collection

PARK, Junebum (M) South Korea b.1976 Video QAG Collection

PATTERSON, Campbell (M) England/New Zealand b.1983 Video QAG Collection

PIVI, Paola (F) Italy b.1971 Photograph QAG Collection

PULE, John (M) Niue/New Zealand b.1962 Painting QAG Collection

PUTRIH, Tobias (M) Slovenia b.1972 Sculpture QAG Collection

QUINN, Marc (M) England b.1964 Prints QAG Collection

RANA, Rashid (M) Pakistan b.1968 Photograph QAG Collection

RHODE, Robin (M) South Africa b.1976 Video QAG Collection

ROSETZKY, David (M) Australia b.1970 Video QAG Collection

RUFF, Thomas (M) Germany b.1958 Photograph QAG Collection

RUSCHA, Edward (M) United States b.1937 Prints QAG Collection

SCHWENSEN, Tony (M) Australia/United States b.1970 Video QAG Collection

SHONIBARE, Yinka (M) England/Nigeria b.1962 Sculpture Loan

Southern Ladies Animation Group

(S.L.A.G) (F)

Australia est.2001 Video QAG Collection

STERBAK, Jana (F) Czech Republic/Canada b.1955 Video Commission / QAG


STREULI, Beat (M) Switzerland b.1957 Photograph QAG Collection

SUPERFLEX (F) Denmark est.1993 (Rasmus Nielsen b.1969 /

Jakob Fenger b.1968 / Bjørnstjerne Christiansen


Video QAG Collection

SWALLOW, Ricky (M) Australia/United States b.1974 Sculpture Loan

TABRIZIAN, Mitra (F) Iran/England Photograph QAG Collection

TAYOU, Pascale Marthine (M) Cameroon b.1967 Installation Commission

THUKRAL & TAGRA (M) India est. 2000 (Jiten Thukral b.1976 / Sumir

Tagra b.1979)

Painting QAG Collection

TILLIM, Guy (M) South Africa b.1962 Photograph QAG Collection

Artist Biodata Media Queensland Art

Gallery Collection/


TIRAVANIJA, Rirkrit (M) Thailand b.1961 Drawing /




Australia est.1996 (Oron Catts, Finland b.1967 / Ionat

Zurr, England b.1970)

Commission / QAG


Installation Commission

TRECARTIN, Ryan (M) United States b.1981 Video QAG Collection

TSUI Kuang-Yu (M) Taiwan b.1974 Video QAG Collection

VARIOUS Artists (movie banners) Ghana Painting QAG Collection

WAKED, Sharif (M) Palestine/Israel b.1964 Video QAG Collection

WALKER, Kara (F) United States b.1969 Prints QAG Collection

WANG Qingsong (M) China b.1966 Installation QAG Collection

WEAVER, Louise (F) Australia b. 1966 Sculpture QAG Collection

WILINGGIRRA, Agnes (F) Australia b.1943, Burarra people Fibre QAG Collection

XU Zhen (M) China b.1977 Installation QAG Collection

YANG Fudong (M) China b.1971 Video QAG Collection

ZHOU Xiaohu (M) China b.1960 Sculpture QAG Collection

ŻMIJEWSKI, Artur (M) Poland b.1966 Video Loan


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b.1971 Algeria

Lives and works in Paris, France

Adel Abdessemed is known for his unexpected and sometimes controversial art practice. His works consider a wide

range of personal and political themes often addressing social taboos and presenting them as raw and uncomfortable

truths. Abdessemed is also known for works that reflect on the beauty and fragility of life and his visual language is at

once poetic and provocative.


b.1960 China/Australia

Lives and works in Australia

Ah Xian began casting porcelain in the early 1990s at Sydney College of the Arts. In 1996, he returned to China and

travelled to Jingdezhen — famous for its kilns which, for centuries, produced fine porcelain objects and vessels for the

Chinese imperial courts — to learn traditional techniques. An Australia Council grant allowed him to visit Jingdezhen

again in 1998, where he worked for nine months with master potters and learnt the process of making porcelain busts,

including moulding them from life and decorating, glazing and firing them. Ah Xian's subsequent move to working in

cloisonné, lacquer and jade allowed him to further explore and reinterpret longstanding Chinese artistic traditions.

AI Weiwei

b.1957 China

Lives and works in Beijing, China

After a brief involvement in the early Chinese avant-garde, Ai Weiwei moved to New York in 1981 and immersed

himself in modern and contemporary art. Influenced by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, he began to critically address

artistic traditions and conventions. Since returning to Beijing in the mid 1990s, he has regularly addressed the

economy of art and historical objects in China with his iconoclastic sculptures, performances, photographs and



b.1981 Australia (Girramay people)

Lives and works in Brisbane, Australia

Tony Albert's practice reveals his interest in mass-produced products from Australia's history and what these say

about dominant beliefs. By collaging, sculpting and transforming images, brands and texts, Albert succinctly reframes

modern Indigenous Australian history through its representations in 'kitsch' material culture. His work Sorry 2008 was

inspired by former prime minister Kevin Rudd's formal apology to Indigenous Australians on 13 February 2008. On this

day, Australia witnessed an overtly optimistic displays of unity and emotion and, in the eyes of many, grew up.

Francis ALŸS

b.1959 Belgium

Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico

Francis Alÿs works across a diverse range of media, often taking his point of departure from what he calls ‘minor events

from everyday life’. The activity of walking occupies a particularly important place in Alÿs’s practice: in some works,

walks involve large groups of people and careful planning. Generally executed in a city environment, Alÿs’s walks often

reflect the cultural, economic and architectural conditions of urban life. New York, Los Angeles, London and Venice have

all been venues for his walks, but it is his adopted home (since 1987) of Mexico City, and especially the area around his

studio, that features most regularly.


b.1975 Peru

Lives and works in St Etienne, France and Berlin, Germany

Since 2000 Peruvian-born artist Armando Andrade Tudela has lived and worked in European cities including London,

Maastricht, St Etienne and Berlin. Andrade Tudela's exploration of themes of displacement has been prompted by both

his itinerancy and interest in processes of cultural assimilation.


b.1970 Australia (Wiradjuri people)

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

Brook Andrew often reproduces historical imagery on a large scale, re-investigating the ways in which Australian

Indigenous people have been represented in history. His work The Island V 2008 interrogates notions of Australia as a

savage and romantic land by examining an image from Wilhelm Blandowski’s Australien in 142 Photographischen 1862.


Jack Bell / b.1950 Australia, Wik-Mungkan people

Craig Koomeeta / b.1977 Australia, Wik-Alkan people

David Marpoondin / b.1968 Australia, Wik-Ngathan people

Garry Namponan / b.1960 Australia, Wik-Ngathan/Wik-Alkan people

Leigh Namponan / b.1965 Australia, Wik-Ngathan people

Keith Wikmunea / b.1967 Australia, Wik-Mungkan/Wik-Alkan people

Roderick Yunkaporta / b.1948 Australia, Wik-Mungkan people

Artists from Aurukun, western Cape York Peninsula, have long been known for their timber sculptures which often

represent totemic figures belonging to one of the five separate clans of Aurukun. Some of these sculptures are

monumental ‘law poles’ used in important ceremonies, whilst others take an innovative look at the contemporary culture

of their community. The group of camp dog sculptures exhibited in '21st century: Art in the First Decade' were produced

over an extended period during 2009–10 at the Wik and Kugu Art Centre in Aurukun.

Richard BELL

b.1953 Australia, Kamilaroi people

Lives and work in Brisbane, Australia

Richard Bell creates work that interrogates the taboo issues at the interface between cultures in Australia and constantly

challenges stereotyped ideas of Aboriginal culture and art. His 2003 Telstra NATSIAA winning painting, Scientia E

Metaphysica (Bell’s Theorem), boldly states: ‘Aboriginal art it’s a white thing’; it initiated a debate about the Indigenous

art industry and the forces that drive the production of Aboriginal art. Bell’s Theorem (Trikky Dikky and friends) 2005

makes another controversial statement: ‘Australian art it’s an Aboriginal thing’. Here, Bell asserts that many of Australia’s

most respected artists gained fame through appropriating Aboriginal art and artists.


Birmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha / b.1942 Australia, Kaiadilt people

Rayarriwarrtharrbayingat Amy Loogatha / b.1942 Australia, Kaiadilt people

Sally Gabori / Australia b.(c.)1924 Australia, Kaiadilt people

Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel Thomas / b.1946 Australia, Kaiadilt people

Thunduyingathi Bijarrb May Moodoonuthi / 1929–2008 Australia, Kaiadilt people

Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul / b.(c.)1937 Australia, Kaiadilt people

Wirrngajingathi Bijarrb Dawn Naranatjil / 1935–2009 Australia, Kaiadilt people

The Bentinck Island artists are a group of very senior female painters of the Kaiadilt people who live on Mornington

Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. They commenced painting in 2006 after Sally Gabori became involved in painting

workshops run for participants at the aged care facility there. She took great pride in being able to tell her stories through

her art and introduced members of her extended family to painting, creating a small-scale but important movement

within the community.


b.1963 France

Lives and works in London, England and Brussels, Belgium

Pierre Bismuth’s work addresses our ability to interpret cultural forms, from linguistic systems through to specific cultural

products such as photographs, magazines and films. A defining feature of contemporary art over the past decade is its

engagement with cinema and Bismuth is recognised for his unique and sophisticated interventions in the operations of



1911–2010 France/United States

Louise Bourgeois had a long and influential career. Born in Paris, she studied under cubist artist André Lhote in the

1930s before moving to New York in 1938. She experimented with many ideas associated with the 20th-century

European and North American avant-gardes but always maintained an individual and unique approach, foregrounding

her own subjective experience and personal history. Her psychologically charged works often have an autobiographical

character, with references to childhood as well as to the human body.


b.1961 France

Lives and works in Sète, France

After training as a musician and composer, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot forged an art practice that merges the visual and

the auditory. Boursier-Mougenot considers music the medium through which humans most commonly experience the

intangible and abstract. The artist aims for this harmony of process and effect to encourage viewers ’to witness their own

present time’. His installations combine the technical with the aesthetic and sensorial; he refers to them as functioning

like a ‘dispositif’ rather than an installation. The term, loosely translated as device or structure, foregrounds the potential

of a work to engage viewers in both the operational and aesthetic components of a work.

Martin BOYCE

b.1967 United Kingdom

Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland

Martin Boyce re-imagines twentieth-century Modernism through his sculptures and installations, which rework and give

new life to modernist forms of art, architecture and design. As he stated in a 2005 interview, 'By and large what you're

looking at is something from the past, but I want to bring it into the now and see what effect time has had'.

Candice BREITZ

b.1972 South Africa

Lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany

Candice Breitz disassembles and reconstructs products from the entertainment industry with an eloquence,

sophistication and clarity that places the viewer in a critically engaged relationship with popular culture. Her video

installations imitate the visual languages of contemporary pop culture and the phenomenon of micro-celebrity

synonymous with YouTube. Often appropriating, splicing and remixing footage taken from film, television and music

videos, her approach combines a critique of consumerism with the uncritical enthusiasm of a fan.


b.1970 Switzerland

Lives and works in New York, United States

Based in New York since 2001, Olaf Breuning has created a body of work ranging across video, sculpture, drawing,

photography and installation. His work is steeped in popular culture and humorously underlines the artifice behind wellknown

movies and cultural icons. In the spirit of Dada, Breuning's practice draws directly from, and comments on, the

vast circulatory and viral nature of contemporary media. He uses humour to capture and halt our attention with images

that are familiar but made strange, funny, absurd and, at times, poignant.


b.c.1923 Côte d’Ivoire

Lives and works in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré is a major figure in contemporary West African art and is one of a group of senior artists included

in the exhibition whose work has had continued relevance and influence in the 21st Century. Since the 1970s, Bouabré

has transferred his thoughts and research to postcard-sized drawings, which are gathered together under the title

'Connaissance du Monde' ('Knowledge of the World').

Jake & Dinos CHAPMAN

Jake Chapman / b.1966 United Kingdom

Dinos Chapman / b.1962 United Kingdom

Live and work in London

Brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman came to prominence in the mid 1990s alongside their ‘Young British Artist’ peers,

including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Marc Quinn. Since then, they have collaborated on a provocative and

influential body of work that confronts our standards of morality and taste while also questioning the social role and value

of art. The Chapman brother’s work questions the idea that art emerges from unique and original creative thoughts: they

regard their art practice as being situated within an ongoing process of exchange with existing images and forms in both

contemporary and historical visual culture.


b.1963 France

Lives and works in Paris

Claude Closky’s art practice draws on the flow of images, logos and advertising strategies that are the face of consumer

capitalism in the twenty-first century. His work points to the way in which the sign and the product become equivalent in

the hyper-reality of publicity and consumerism.


b.1973 England

Lives and works in London, England

Nigel Cooke is best known for large-scale, meticulously painted canvases that depict fantastic, hyperrealistic scenes of

urban decay. His style merges popular art forms such as the graphic novel and grafitti with a labour-intensive technique

characteristic of seventeenth-century Flemish and Dutch oil painting traditions. While his method is obsessively realistic,

the realities he produces are otherworldly.

Justine COOPER

b.1968 Australia/United States

Lives and works in New York, USA

Justine Cooper works at the intersection of art, science and medicine. She originally specialised in photography but her

work now extends across media including animation, video and installation, as well as medical imaging technologies

such as MRI, DNA sequencing and ultrasound. In 2003-04 Cooper was artist-in-residence at the American Natural

History Museum in New York, the first in its almost 150-year history.

Martin CREED

b.1968 Scotland

Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

Martin Creed’s works delicately illuminate the objects, spaces and logic of our daily lives. With gentle and often selfeffacing

humour, Creed makes art from things we take for granted and enacts a shift in the way we look at and think

about familiar objects and situations. He transforms mundane materials into highly affecting installations and objects.

est. 2007 Palestine

Sandi Hilal, Palestine b.1973

Alessandro Petti, Italy b.1973

Eyal Weizman, Israel b.1970

The collaborative project intertwines art, architecture, politics and ecology to envision new possibilities

for the structures of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Their output can take the form of plans, maps, data or published

documents, as well as physical interventions in built structures. Their work has been characterised by its integrity, rigour,

and combination of conceptual precision and political engagement.


b.1965 Spain

Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

Angela de la Cruz’s iconoclastic art practice subjects paintings to violent and destructive processes. In an art-historical

context, de la Cruz’s work might be understood in the tradition of monochrome painting which, at different times over the

course of the 20th century, signalled a radical departure from figurative art and proposed a new approach that was antiillusionist

and sought to emphasise the materiality of painting. Other important historical precedents for de la Cruz’s work

are Lucio Fontana’s ‘slash paintings’ and Yves Klein’s ‘fire paintings’, in which destructive processes are carefully

controlled and deployed for aesthetic ends.


b.1964 Germany

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Thomas Demand typically takes a found photograph as his point of departure. He meticulously recreates its content in a

large-scale model using paper and cardboard, before producing a single, carefully lit and composed image almost

indistinguishable from the original. However, something unsettling and surreal about Demand's works entices viewers to

study the detail, and the artifice begins to unravel.


b.1978 Sweden

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Nathalie Djurberg uses plasticine and domestic materials to craft stop-frame animations highly regarded for both their

complexity and intensity. Since the late 1990s Djurberg has explored fantasy, dreams and sexuality through her short

animated works, which include compelling soundtracks composed by her partner, Hans Berg, and which can challenge

the viewer through their emotional and psychological impact.


b.1974 Morocco/France

Lives and works in Paris, France and Martigny, Switzerland

Latifa Echakhch draws on objects and motifs relating to her Moroccan heritage and to European and United States

postwar art — minimalist art and colour field painting from the 1960s in particular. Echakhch's installations give presence

to the language of politics and protest through a range of materials while also exploring how the treatment of an

exhibition space can refer to forms of political expression.


b.1967 Denmark

Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denamrk and Berlin, Germany

Olafur Eliasson is known for works in which immaterial sensations such as temperature, light and air become sculptural

elements which viewers experience. He seeks to actively engage audiences in the physical nature of a work or

installation rather than the conventional visual encounter. Eliasson states, ‘my works in general discuss the notion of a

reality being constructed, that ideas such as ‘nature’ or ‘science’ are models for how we perceive reality. So the notions

of ‘construction’ and ‘models’ are very present in all my work. I have always put an effort into exposing the way my work

has been constructed, so as to suggest that there are not any universal values connected to human experience. Actually

I would argue that there is no ‘nature’ but only ‘culture’ and that as we experience so called ‘nature’ we also cultivate or

constitute it.’

Tracey EMIN

b.1963 England

Lives and works in London, England

Tracey Emin’s practice ranges across drawing, printmaking, photography, sewn fabric, video, painting, sculpture and

installation. Since the late 1990s, neon has also been a key medium for her, which she uses to emulate a cursive script.

This reflects both her confessional, autobiographical writings, and the graphic rhythm of drawing – an activity central to

her practice. Emin has stated that, ‘To me drawing is a natural extension of mental creativity, it’s like handwriting.

Without drawing I wouldn’t really exist’. Text, image and direct communication are the hallmarks of Emin’s work and her

‘tell it like it is’ narratives resonate in a manner parallel to pop-music lyrics.

Leandro ERLICH

b.1973 Argentina

Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Paris, France

In Leandro Erlich’s installations, familiar spaces such as apartment buildings, hairdressing salons, and gallery spaces

are used in unexpected and confounding ways. Basic laws of physics are seemingly inverted, and viewers are plunged

into environments that both confuse and delight the senses.


b.1969 Germany

Lives and works in San Francisco, United States

Kota Ezawa describes his practice as a form of 'video archaeology'. Drawing on sources as diverse as the OJ Simpson

trial and the 1969 Moon landing, Ezawa recasts his subjects in simple stills and animations, the results having been

described as a cross between Andy Warhol and South Park.


b.1924 Iran

Lives and works in Tehran, Iran

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian has forged a distinguished career spanning over 50 years. Inspired by the traditions

of Islamic geometry and pattern and by techniques such as reverse glass painting, mirror mosaic and relief sculpture,

Farmanfarmaian has revived and transformed these forms to create startlingly original works.

Spencer FINCH

b.1962 United States

Lives and works in New York, United States

Spencer Finch explores the peculiarities of human perception, bringing a combination of poetic sensibility and scientific

rigour to a range of media, including painting, drawing, photography and installation. Light is the preeminent subject of

his practice and he considers how our experience of it is inflected by a diverse set of subjective and objective factors

such as geography, time, history and memory.


b.1962 Iran

Lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany

Parastou Forouhar grew up in Tehran, and was one of the first students enrolled at Tehran University’s Academy of the

Arts after it reopened in 1984, following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. While there, Forouhar explored the tradition of

Persian miniature painting as a structure within which to test new ideas. In 1991, she left Iran to continue her studies in

Germany, where she found her identity shift from Parastou Forouhar into an ‘Iranian artist’.


b.1965 United States

Lives and works in Los Angeles, United States

Andrea Fraser began exhibiting in the United States in the mid 1980s. Much of her work is concerned with the

hierarchical structures of the art world and the relationships between its constituent parts: museums, curators, collectors,

artists and audiences.


b.c.1924 Kaiadilt people, Australia

Lives and works on Mornington Island, Australia

Sally Gabori’s paintings are widely acclaimed and admired for their vitality, immediacy and intuitive use of colour. Born

into the Kaiadilt people of Bentinck Island in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, until her early twenties she had lived an

almost exclusively traditional life, gathering bush foods and fishing with the aid of the complex stone-walled fish-traps. In

1948, following the effects of drought, high tide and the salination of underground freshwater stores, all Bentinck people

were moved to the Methodist Mission on the larger Mornington Island. Gabori has, however, maintained a strong

connection to Kaiadilt country through language, story and physical return whenever possible.


b.1972 Australia

Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

In recent years Shaun Gladwell has gained a national and international profile for his videos, which feature acts of

physical prowess and endurance. After an injury ended his ambitions to become a professional skateboarder, Gladwell

began to experiment with video, filming street subculture arts such as skateboarding, breakdancing and BMX-bike riding.

Katharina GROSSE

b.1961 Germany

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Katharina Grosse's work embraces many of the traditions of painting while opening it up to new possibilities and

investigating its interaction with other disciplines, including drawing, performance, sculpture and architecture. Having

worked predominantly with a brush in the early phase of her practice, in the late 1990s Grosse began working with a

spray gun. In recent years, her works have brought together a range of painting techniques in an ongoing dialogue

about gesture and paint.

Fiona HALL

b.1953 Australia

Lives and works in Adelaide, Australia

Fiona Hall’s practice includes major public commissions and projects that have embraced a broad range of media, and

have increasingly engaged with themes of ecology, history and the effects of globalisation.


b.1962 Benin

Lives and works in Porto-Novo, Benin

Romuald Hazoumè's assemblages are constructed from a range of discarded materials. This 'recycling' refers to

historical inequities in exchange between Africa and Europe — of slaves, of traditional artefacts being sent to Europe

and the Americas over centuries, and of the contemporary phenomenon in which industrialised countries pay African

nations to allow the dumping of their waste. Hazoumè creates a subversive feedback loop within this system by

recycling the waste as sculpture to be exhibited in (primarily) European galleries.


b.1955 Australia

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

Bill Henson is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and holds a central position in contemporary Australian

photography. For the last decade or more, he has presented exhibitions of diverse subjects in careful juxtapositions and

combinations, including figures, classical statuary and ruins as well as land and seascapes. Henson’s exhibitions are

unified by a distinctive sensibility, using the drama of highlights against the darkness characteristic of baroque or

romantic painting.

Damien HIRST

b.1965 United Kingdom

Lives and works in London and Devon, England

Since his first exhibitions in the early 1990s, Damien Hirst has emerged as one of the most influential and widely

publicised figures in his generation of ‘Young British Artists’. Hirst came to broad recognition for his vitrine sculptures of

animals in formaldehyde, cabinets full of pharmaceutical pills and paintings made from butterfly wings. Most recently, he

notoriously produced works specifically for a single artist’s auction in 2008 at Sotheby’s — a project he called ‘Beautiful

inside my head forever’. The auction netted over £111 million (around A$180 million) on the eve of what became known

as the ‘global financial crisis’.

Carsten HÖLLER

b.1961 Belgium

Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden

Carsten Höller worked as a biologist before becoming an artist, and his art works might be thought of as experiments

that act on the viewer in surprising ways. He has stated that experience is the ‘material’ that he uses to create works that

alter the viewer’s sensory perception, behaviour and sense of order or logic. Since 1998, he has created a series of

slides for venues across Europe and the United States. Höller described these slides as devices for eliciting ‘an

emotional state that is a unique condition somewhere between delight and madness’. He is keenly interested in the

private (mental) sensations generated by sliding, and embraces the idea that the experience will affect or ‘change’


HU Yang

b.1959 China

Lives and works in Shanghai, China

In January 2004, Hu Yang commenced his encyclopaedic ‘Shanghai living’ project, which documents more than 500

families living in Shanghai. By turning the camera on the internal lives and homes of his subjects, Hu Yang also

documented the frantic urban development of Shanghai, one of the most rapidly changing cities in the world.


b.1970 Palestine/United States

Lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine and New York, United States

Based in both Ramallah — the Palestinian city on the West Bank — and New York, Emily Jacir works across diverse

media to make art that addresses the plight of the Palestinian people, and which encompasses geopolitical issues as

well as deeply personal stories. As a United States citizen, Jacir is able to travel with relative freedom between Israel,

Palestine and the rest of the world. Her experiences in these places and engagement with the friends, family and

strangers she meets there are an ongoing source of inspiration for her work.


b.1960 United Kingdom

Lives and works in London, England

Isaac Julien is today one of the most internationally celebrated artist–filmmakers working with multiple-channel video

installations. His practice is concerned with the transposition of film to spatialised installation, and he uses film and

projection technologies to create new vocabularies for experiencing the moving image, combining multiple narratives

and perspectives across an arrangement of screens. Julien explores themes of overlapping cultural histories,

movements of people and cultural interpretation in works such as True North 2004 and Fantôme Afrique 2005.


b.1955 South Africa

Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa

Since the mid 1970s, William Kentridge's work has encompassed printmaking, theatre, filmmaking and drawing. Film

became an increasingly important aspect of his work from the late 1980s, proceeding from his animation of charcoal

drawings using the stop-motion technique, capturing them as they became visible before erasing and then reworking

them. Kentridge's practice is informed by the political and historical realities of South Africa while also addressing the

broader human condition.

Bharti KHER

b.1969 England

Lives and works in New Delhi, India

Bharti Kher uses stick-on bindis as a central motif in her practice. Traditionally a mark of pigment applied to the forehead

of Hindu men and women to symbolise the ‘third eye’, today, the bindi is commercially manufactured and has become a

popular decorative item for girls and women of other religions. Kher views the daily ritual of applying this third eye as

offering the possibility of seeing the world with fresh eyes. She uses this tiny object to transform various objects and

surfaces allowing the viewer to look at them anew.

Anastasia KLOSE

b.1978 Australia

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

Anastasia Klose has established a reputation for her ‘aesthetic of the pathetic’, drawing on the painful or humorous

moments in her life to make videos. Her work answers a challenge to make art from what is immediately available,

whether ordinary experiences - such as boredom, loneliness or unrequited love - or inexpensive resources such as a

cheap camera, basic editing software and popular songs.


b.1944 Australia, Ngarrindjeri people

Lives and works in Maningrida, Australia

After participating in a workshop in the early 1980s, Yvonne Koolmatrie was introduced to the techniques and traditional

methods of working with sedge rushes (Cyperus gymnocaulos). The traditional coiled basketry technique was refined by

the Ngarrindjeri people of the Murray River region. It uses bound bunches of local sedge rushes to form the foundation

of the object, which is then formed in a continuous spiral. Koolmatrie's work transcends the functional basis of the

technique and explores the sculptural potential of the medium while remaining connected to ancient traditions.


b.1972 Germany

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Susanne Kriemann investigates the uses of photography as a documentary and historiographic tool and has stated her

interest in how ‘photographs evoke imagination and mystery about the past’. She collects not only images but historical

documents, vintage photographs, books, old newspaper articles and artefacts as part of her expanded photographic

practice. Her photography records historical moments or sites and is often imbued with particular social and ideological



b.1929 Japan

Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

Yayoi Kusama has worked as a painter, sculptor and environmental artist for the past 50 years. She moved to the United

States in 1957 where she lived and worked in New York before returning to Tokyo in 1973. Kusama has developed a

motif in her work known as the ‘infinity net’, which she explores through a variety of materials and forms. She traces this

motif to her early childhood experiences, in which she '. . . was often troubled by a thin silk-like greyish-coloured veil that

came to envelop [her] . . .' Kusama uses images of nets, dots, repeated patterns and mirrors as ways of understanding

and coming to terms with the vastness of life.

Gabriella and Silvana MANGANO

b.1972 Australia

Live and work in Melbourne, Australia

Gabriella and Silvana Mangano studied drawing separately at the Victorian College of the Arts, only later did they come

together to collaborate on the videos for which they are now well-known. Drawing remains integral to the twins’ work and

it often features in their videos. The moving image allows them to imply the drawn line in different ways too, effectively

drawing with their bodies or with props such as fabric, chairs or window shutters.


Sally Garrimarra / b.1967 Australia, Ganalbingu people

Lorna Jin-Gubarangunyja / b.1952 Australia, Burarra people

Shirley Malgarrich / b.1947 Australia, Burarra people

Mary Nalmakarra / b.1942 Australia, Burarra people

Agnes Wilinggirra / b.1943 Australia, Burarra people

Pandanus fish traps are made by artists who live in and around Maningrida in north-central Arnhem Land. The

Maningrida Aboriginal community occupies an area of 10,000 square kilometres, with many outlying communities where

artists live. Since the first craft outlet was set up in 1967, the cultural diversity of the region has contributed to the artists’

reputation for innovative, vibrant bark paintings, wooden sculptures and fibre works, ambitious in both scale and vision.

LEE Mingwei

b.1964 Taiwan

Lives and works in San Francisco and New York, United States

Lee Mingwei creates works which forge a direct connection between the artist and audience. These connections are

established via creative projects where gestures of trust, dialogues with strangers, cultural exchanges and the

appreciation of others are foregrounded.


b.1977 United States

Lives and works in New York, United States

Since the early 2000s, Ryan McGinley has constructed a body of work picturing his adolescent friends and others

involved in the skateboarding scene on New York's Lower East Side. He developed a working relationship with

magazines including i-D, Vice and Butt, and was mentored by photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark, whom he met in



b.1974 Mexico

Lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico

In his installations, wall drawings and objects, Jorge Méndez Blake navigates between literature, architecture and

history. He has previously taken texts by Robert Louis Stevenson, Pablo Neruda, Arthur Conan Doyle, Franz Kafka, Karl

Marx, Herman Melville and Jules Verne as points of departure for his works. He is interested in the way classic literature

can interact with everyday elements, such as buildings and urban space. In his works, literary references and images

are reframed to take on new resonance and invite new interpretations.


b.1969 Kazakhstan

Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Berlin, Germany and Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almagul Menlibayeva's practice incorporates photography and video and reflects on history, memory and landscape.

Employing an aesthetic she calls 'Romantic Punk Shamanism', Menlibayeva delineates an imagined pre-Soviet, pre-

Islamic realm incorporating a shamanistic freedom of the human body. In her performance videos, the artist appears

often with a group of other women in landscapes and architectures in a complex exploration of power, sexuality and


Aernout MIK

b.1962 The Netherlands

Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Aernout Mik’s work combines elements of architecture, performance and video. In his installations, a fictitious space is

projected to life size, linking it with the real, physical experience of the viewer. Mik proposes a space in which the

spectator acquires a heightened awareness of their own bodies in relation to both the screen and other viewers in the



b.1960 Australia/United States

Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

Tracey Moffatt works in photography, film and video, addressing complex open-ended narratives, often in extensive

suites of works. Moffatt frequently appears in her own images, acting out roles with the aid of elaborate costumes, props

and theatrical staging.


b.1965 Australia

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

Callum Morton explores our relationship to the built environment. Addressing both iconic modernist buildings and

vernacular architecture, his works present architectural spaces as sets for personal narratives, social history and

invented stories.


b.1978 England/Australia

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

Arlo Mountford makes digital animations that are often filled with art historical references. Habitually peopling his works

with stick figures who rummage through the canon of twentieth-century art, he embarked in 2007 on an ambitious project

to animate three paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder: The hunters in the snow 1565, The harvesters 1565 and

Landscape with the fall of Icarus c.1558. Mountford set in motion the action implied in each painting, which occurs

successively as the soundtrack leads the viewer’s attention from one animation to the next.

Moataz NASR

b.1969 Germany

Lives and works in San Francisco, United States

Moataz Nasr’s combines art and cultural activism to address pan-Arab issues, often using the language of global media

and communications. Nasr’s Propaganda fabric appliqué and embroidered wall hangings represent the design and

content of United States’ propaganda leaflets, distributed over Iraq and bordering nations prior to the beginning of the

second Gulf War. His re-use of propaganda materials in his art constitutes a vehicle through which we can consider the

use of language and image to violent ends, as well as the effects of indifference and ignorance. These messages are

transformed through Nasr’s use of appliqué — a longstanding artistic practice in Egypt. The detailing of leatherwork with

figurative appliqué and decorative stitching was considered one of the highest cultural forms in ancient Egypt, figuring in

both cosmogony and mythology.


b.1967 Brazil

Lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Rivane Neuenschwander’s unique and multifaceted practice reflects on language, the natural world and the passing of

time. The recognition of her work Contingent 2008 that geographies are dependent on the rate of consumption is

particularly resonant at a time when the globalisation of industry and climate change has brought to the fore issues of

responsibility to the environment and to finite resources.


b.1968 England

Lives and works in London, England

Chris Ofili’s paintings, watercolours, and assemblages came to broad attention in the 1990s and he has continued to

paint and sculpt works that reflect on black culture and its portrayal. Early works featured characters from B-grade

‘blaxploitation’ films and funk, hip-hop and reggae music scenes. Ofili reworks them as politically engaged superheroes

expressing the need for change.

Julian OPIE

b.1958 England

Lives and works in London, England

Julian Opie is renowned for his highly simplified and effective visual language. Paradoxically, while his works employ a

high degree of abstraction and abbreviation to produce a figurative image, they often retain a strong connection to their

actual subjects. In discussing his processes, Opie has commented that 'my work isn't about paring things down but

about starting from something simple and building the image up until I achieve a kind of singularity'.

Gabriel OROZCO

b.1962 Mexico

Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico; Paris, France and New York, United States

Gabriel Orozco uses photography, video, installation, drawing and sculpture to explore forms that fall between

philosophy, science, history and art. Extensive travel informs Orozco's work, and much of his wide-ranging practice blurs

the boundaries between the everyday flow of life and the formalised categories of art. Bridging the twentieth and twentyfirst

centuries, his work draws on the legacy of Modernism to engage with the present.

Arthur Koo-ekka PAMBEGAN Jr

b.1936 Australia, Wik-Mungkan people

Lives and works in Aurukun, Australia

Arthur Koo-ekka Pambegan Jr is an Elder of the Wik-Mungkan people and highly respected artist from Aurukun in the

Cape York Peninsula who, in recent years, has achieved recognition both for his work and his community. Since the

early 2000s, his sculpture and painting have enlivened and restored stories of great cultural significance to the Wik-

Mungkan people.


b.1961 New Zealand

Lives and works on Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Fiona Pardington has been photographing taonga (treasures in Māori) for over a decade. She searches for forgotten

museum objects that were once cherished — such as hei tiki (neck ornaments) or taxidermied extinct animals — and

deliberately re-presents them as portraits imbued with a sense of their past value.

Junebum PARK

b.1976 South Korea

Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea

Junebum Park’s video works marry ideas of theatre with contemporary concepts of space and illusion. Everyday scenes

such as parking a car or crossing the road are animated by Park's hands the artist is a giant manipulating the world. This

distortion of perspective and spatial depth recalls the illusory devices employed in Japanese Bunraku performance.


b.1983 United Kingdom

Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

Campbell Patterson works predominantly in performance-based video art and much of his work has the rough,

immediate look of user-generated content from websites such as YouTube. Rather than being confessional, revelatory

or expressly exhibitionistic, Patterson’s videos capture abstract actions derived from moments in his life.

Paola PIVI

b.1971 Italy

Lives and works in Milan, Italy and Anchorage, United States

Paola Pivi has a strong international profile for her photographic, sculptural, installation and performance works, in which

she stages incongruous encounters. These unexpected juxtapositions create poetic, political and often humorous

associations, and many have incorporated animals. Pivi has created installations of live animals, most notably with her

work Interesting 2007, staged in an abandoned warehouse in Milan. A number of white animals — including horses,

rabbits, llamas, geese and peacocks, sourced through a company that specialises in animals for cinema and advertising

— had the run of the long, concrete space.


b.1962 Niue/New Zealand

Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

Born on the limestone coral atoll of Niue, John Pule is recognised as one of the Pacific region's most significant and

influential artists. In his early works, Pule adapted the grid-like formation of Niuean hiapo (barkcloth) to structure his

visual narratives. These works signalled the beginning of his long-term concern with the effects of migration and differing

belief systems.


b.1972 Slovenia

Lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia and New York, United States

Tobias Putrih’s often concept-based work comprises drawings, illustrations, plans, models and intricate constructions.

His practice addresses particular aspects of modernist history such as social utopianism, modern architecture and the

evolution of cinema.


b.1964 England

Lives and works in London, England

Since his first exhibitions in the early 1990s, Marc Quinn has forged a rich and complex art practice exploring themes

including nature, beauty, hybridity and genetic manipulation. Much of his work meditates on attempts to overcome the

transience of human life through scientific knowledge and artistic expression.

Rashid RANA

b.1968 Pakistan

Lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan

Rashid Rana’s photographs are composed of thousands of pixel-like images, ranging in subject matter from stills taken

from popular Indian cinema to details of Lahore’s urban environment. Rana meticulously brings these minutiae together

to create in composite images of famous Indian film stars or of landscapes. This attention to detail is akin to that found in

the South Asian tradition of miniature painting, which Rana studied at the renowned National School of Art in Lahore. His

use of digital photographic processes, however, emphasises the contemporary nature of his subject: Lahore’s urban and

increasingly media-saturated landscape.


b.1976 South Africa

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Robin Rhode is best known for his photography and animation documenting ephemeral works and performances in

public spaces. His early works typically took the form of simple paintings or chalk drawings executed on pavements or

walls, which served as sets for choreography by the artist. In recent animations, Rhode has placed a greater emphasis

on formal elements, often working with a reductive approach to composition and introducing abstract forms into the



b.1970 Australia

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

David Rosetzky works through a range of artistic modes, including contemporary design, fashion and portraiture, to

scrutinise aspects of the contemporary condition as it plays out through issues about identity, in personal relationships,

and through love and alienation. Rosetzky’s subjects often appear in chic minimal settings or among the latest designer

furniture, and they negotiate worlds that are familiar and intimate yet also oddly estranged.

Thomas RUFF

b.1958 Germany

Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

Thomas Ruff is a leading figure in a generation of celebrated German photographers. Ruff believes that photographs

capture only surface appearances and convey a constructed reality, formed by the unconscious influence of images in

the mass media and other cultural sources. Reflecting on this condition, Ruff's works attempt to define what he calls the

'substratum' of photography, at which point images become bearers of information.


b.1937 United States

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Ruscha works with paint, printmaking and drawing. Since his first exhibition in Los Angeles in 1963, Ruscha has played

with text and image to explore the peculiarities of vernacular language, graphics and typography; in his hands, words

become forms and images become words. The graphic visual environment of Los Angeles and Southern California, with

its advertising hoardings and architecture of neon signage, provides Ruscha with ongoing source material.


b.1970 Australia/United States

Lives and works in Boston, United States

Tony Schwensen is one of Australia's foremost interdisciplinary artists and has made a long and distinguished series of

performance works, often examining the underside of cultural life and notions of artistic value.


b.1962 United Kingdom

Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

Born in London and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Yinka Shonibare refers to himself as a ‘postcolonial hybrid’. His work

comments on contemporary identity politics, cultural history, the legacy of colonialism and the structures of international

trade. He works in multiple disciplines, including painting, photography, assemblage, dance, literature and film.


est. 2001 Australia (Louise Craddock, Susan Earl, Sally Gross, Emma Kelly, Katherine Mew, Nicole McKinnon,

Elizabeth McLennan, Sharon Parker, Dell Stewart, Sophie Raymond, Yuki Wada, Justine Wallace, Diana Ward)

The Southern Ladies Animation Group (SLAG) was formed in Melbourne in 2001 as a collective to support women

working in animation. Comprising 13 members, the collective's first project was a music video for SLAG member Sophie

Raymond’s band ‘Sophie Raymond & the Fat Chops’. The SLAG members use a variety of animation techniques

including stop motion puppet animation, hand drawn line animation and computer animation.


b.1955 Czech Republic/Canada

Lives and works in Montreal, Canada and Barcelona, Spain

Jana Sterbak's practice encompasses sculpture, photography, performance, video and installation, and draws on a rich

vein of Czech Surrealism. Her works elaborate on desire, constraint, the body, technology and artistic creation.


b.1957 Switzerland

Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Beat Streuli engages with the longstanding tradition of works that reflect urban life, its energy, its speed and its crowds.

He presents intimate portraits taken within a public context, offering open-ended narratives and a poignant examination

of public identity and glimpsed inner life. Employing a serial, almost documentary style in his work, Streuli plays on

contradictions and polarities such as the natural and the stylised, documentary and fiction, public and private.


est. 1993 Denmark

SUPERFLEX is a collaboration between Danish artists Bjørnstjerne Reuter Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus

Nielsen. Their practice is characterised by a high level of social engagement and responds to a range of contemporary

political and social themes, including the financial markets, labour conditions, copyright law and environmentalism. They

often involve professionals from non-art disciplines in the development of their projects, which the artists describe as

'tools' in both a practical, use-value or consciousness-raising sense, as well as having a conceptual or metaphorical



b. Iran

Lives in England

Mitra Tabrizian’s large-format photographs combine techniques from documentary photography and highly stylised mise

en scene to capture her subjects and settings with meticulous attention to detail and lighting.

Pascale Marthine TAYOU

b.1967 Cameroon

Lives and works in Ghent, Belgium

Pascale Marthine Tayou’s drawings, sculptures, installations, videos and performances address issues of cultural and

national identity and borders in an age of global tourism, drawing on his own experiences of frequent travel. Tayou often

works with found materials, objects and images emblematic of people’s itinerancy and circulation around the world, such

as train and bus tickets, flags and postcards.


est. 1999 Lebanon / b.1967 Lebanon/United States

The Atlas Group is a project established by artist Walid Raad in 1999 with the aim of researching and documenting the

contemporary history of Lebanon, collecting and presenting what appear to be factual photographic, textual and video

documents. The documentary nature of their work's content contrasts with its aestheticised presentation, ultimately

leading the viewer to question the validity of the information presented. By extension, they examines broader issues of

authorship, legitimacy and authenticity related to the writing of history and media reportage.


Jiten Thukral / b.1976 India

Sumir Tagra / b.1979 India

Live and work in Gurgaon, India

Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra (Thukral & Tagra) offer a seductive and vibrant take on contemporary Indian society and

culture. Thukral & Tagra's refined aesthetic is applied to painting, sculpture and installation as well as graphics, interiors,

fashion and product design. Much of their work is inspired by the pressures in Punjabi society on young people,

particularly young men, to move abroad. While wandering and migration are longstanding in Punjabi culture, emigration

accelerated during the second half of the twentieth century due to a range of factors, including increased global demand

for labour and more relaxed immigration policies.


b.1962 South Africa

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

Guy Tillim began working as a professional photographer in 1986 for agencies such as Afrapix, Reuters and Agence

France Presse. He continued to work as a photographer for the news media but since the mid-1990s his works have

also appeared in a contemporary art context. For his celebrated 2007 series 'Avenue Patrice Lumumba', Tillim travelled

through Angola, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Madagascar recording the modernist

architecture and city planning that framed Africa's postcolonial pursuit of democracy.


b.1961 Thailand

Lives and works in New York, United States; Berlin, Germany and Bangkok, Thailand

In today's image-saturated world, every time we turn on the television, open the newspaper or surf the internet we are

bombarded with images of people, events and problems far removed from our own lives. Since the early 1990s, Rirkrit

Tiravanija's practice has involved shifting his audience from passive spectators to active subjects.


Est. 1996 Perth, Western Australia

Oron Catts, b.1967 Finland

Onat Zurr, b.1970 England

Live and work in Perth, Australia

The Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A) is an ongoing artistic research and development project into the use of tissue

technologies as a medium for artistic expression. Pioneering in the field of biological art (or ‘bio-art’), the TC&A was

central to the establishment of SymbioticA – The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, in the School of Anatomy and

Human Biology at the University of Western Australia in 2002.

TSUI Kuang-Yu

b.1974 Taiwan

Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tsui Kuang-Yu uses video, performance and photography to examine aspects of urban life and human behaviour

in regulated contemporary city environments. A recurrent feature in Tsui's work is a sophisticated critique of public life,

its social groups and urban systems. He considers how the time-poor city-dweller contends with a population density

and pace that impels order and efficiency.



Hand-painted movie banners are created as advertisements posted outside Ghanaian video stores. They reflect the

global culture of movie distribution, advertising films ranging from Hong Kong kung-fu titles such as Operation Scorpio

and Nigerian productions such as My Father’s Love 2 to the Hollywood-produced Species. While an array of foreign

movies — particularly from the Chinese, Indian and US film industries — are consumed by local audiences in video

format, Ghanaian and Nigerian productions shot on video have increasingly been distributed through networks of video

shops and clubs since the 1980s. The local video industry now also exports titles to other African nations, including

Benin, Togo, Zambia and South Africa.

Sharif WAKED

b.1964 Palestine/Israel

Lives and works in Haifa and Nazareth, Israel

Sharif Waked uses video, installation and painting in an ongoing examination of the complexities of Middle Eastern

histories and politics. His art reflects on the propaganda strategies within the region as well as globalised images of

conflict that have emerged in the media. In his work, Waked strives to remind viewers of the rich heritage of literature

and art that binds Islamic cultures but which is often buried in media clichés.


b.1969 United States

Lives and works in New York, United States

Kara Walker is best known for her large room and wall installations of life-size silhouettes made from black paper and

video projections. The narratives that unfold are set in the pre-Civil War south of the United States. Walker often sources

her images from historical textbooks and illustrated periodicals, transforming them into nightmarish graphic narratives

that evoke the legacy of slavery.

WANG Qingsong

b.1966 China

Lives and works in Beijing, China

Wang Qingsong’s art comments on the consumer merchandise and commercial imagery that has flooded the Chinese

market over the past two decades. In the late 1990s, Wang gained notoriety as a proponent of ‘gaudy art’, a term coined

by the Chinese art critic Li Xianting to express the appropriation by artists of kitsch motifs from popular culture and the

media. Although he began as a painter, Wang soon moved into photography. His photographs are characterised by

theatrical, highly constructed sets and poses that draw on elements of traditional art, socialist realism and commercial



b.1966 Australia

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

Louise Weaver’s sculptures engage with representation, evolution and metamorphosis. Her painstakingly crafted

menagerie re-imagines taxidermy models in decorative ‘skins’ created with crochet, appliqué and weaving. This process

of fantastic reinvention is transformative, and illustrates Weaver’s ongoing interest in the perceived distinction between

artificial and natural, the ephemeral and the imperishable, the beautiful and the bizarre.

XU Zhen

b.1977 China

Lives and works in Shanghai, China

Over the past decade, Xu Zhen has emerged as one of China’s most innovative young artists. Working in photography,

installation and video art, he often incorporates elements of performance and draws inspiration from the history of

conceptual art from the 1970s on. In 1999, along with Shanghai-based artists Yang Fudong, Gu Zhenqing and Yang

Zhenzhong, Xu Zhen curated the exhibition ‘Art for Sale’, in which a supermarket was set up in the exhibition space with

inexpensive art works displayed on shelves.

YANG Fudong

b.1971 China

Lives and works in Shanghai, China

Yang Fudong is celebrated for the poetry of his moving-image works. His visual language draws from and pays tribute to

Chinese literature, literati painting and folklore as well as pre- and post-Revolutionary film history.

ZHOU Xiaohu

b.1960 China

Lives and works in Changzhou, China

Zhou Xiaohu’s videos, animations, sculpture and paintings engage with politics, mass media and consumer culture.

While embracing technology in his work, Zhou also comments on its malign manifestations. In Utopian theatre 2006,

miniature clay figures enact history-making scenes that have been transmitted to the world through the media of

television and the internet. Each is modelled as a miniature theatre or movie set and accompanied by a television

monitor, showing the events in claymation.


b.1966 Poland

Lives and works in Warsaw, Poland

After studying sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw from 1990 to 1995, Artur Żmijewski began to use

photography and film to critically, and often polemically, explore social, political and psychological issues of

contemporary society. Much of his work re-examines historical events and human behaviour through documentary and

research-based film experiments. He provocatively addresses painful histories, including Nazi death camps and the

experiences of the disabled, as well as nationalist symbolism.


21st Century: Art in the First Decade is a full-colour, 296-page publication

featuring informative, in-depth texts that explore some of the dominant

strands of contemporary art practice. It features essays by five curators at

the Queensland Art Gallery, as well as nine contextual essays

commissioned from leading Australian and international writers.

The publication highlights the Queensland Art Gallery’s significant

collection of contemporary art from across the globe, and provides a broad

historical and theoretical context for understanding its significance.

The catalogue is edited by Miranda Wallace, Senior Curator, Exhibitions

and Research, Queensland Art Gallery, and features contributions by the

following writers:

Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist and independent curator.

Claire Bishop is Associate Professor in the PhD Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, New York.

Manuel J Borja-Villel is the Director of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

David Burnett is Curator, International Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

Rex Butler is Associate Professor in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of

Queensland, Brisbane.

Nicholas Chambers is Curator, Contemporary International Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

José Da Silva is Curator, Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art Gallery.

TJ Demos is Reader in Contemporary and Modern Art in the Department of History of Art, University College of


Juliana Engberg is Artistic Director of Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

Julie Ewington is Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

Ian McLean is Winthrop Professor in Art History at the University of Western Australia, Perth.

Kobena Mercer is an independent scholar and was previously Reader in Art History and Diaspora Studies at

Middlesex University, London.

Terry Smith is Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the

History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Architecture,

University of Sydney.

Russell Storer is Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

Miranda Wallace is Senior Curator, Exhibitions and Research, Queensland Art Gallery.

Kathryn Weir is Curatorial Manager, International Art and Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art Gallery.

296 pages, full colour. Available from the Gallery Store, Gallery Store Modern and

RRP: $49.95


Coinciding with the ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition, the Queensland Art Gallery Children’s

Art Centre launches an exciting publication for children. 21st Century Art for Kids is a richly illustrated book

profiling art works, childhood images and stories by 16 contemporary artists from around the world whose

works are held in the Queensland Art Gallery Collection. The publication explores the diversity of

contemporary art practice in a format which is both appealing and accessible to children. Activities

developed by the artists add a hands-on element for children to further engage with contemporary art at

home or in the classroom.

The featured artists are Ah Xian, Tony Albert, Pierre Bismuth, Justine Cooper, Katharina Grosse, Fiona

Hall, Romuald Hazoumè, Yayoi Kusama, Jorge Méndez Blake, Callum Morton, Arthur Koo-ekka

Pambegan Jr, John Pule, Tobias Putrih, Jana Sterbak, Louise Weaver and Zhou Xiaohu.

21st Century Art for Kids is suitable for ages 4+.

176 pages, hardcover, full colour. Available from the Gallery Store, Gallery Store Modern and

RRP: $29.95


EXHIBITION BLOG is an online source book that has gathered reference

material, artist contributions and contextual information on works and projects

in the exhibition. During the exhibition, it will publish new writing by a wide

range of Australian and international contributors, alongside contributions by

exhibiting artists, webcasts of lectures and public programs, interviews with

artists and curators and critical responses to the exhibition. Guest

contributors will include Negar Azimi, Mark Fisher, Marina Fokidis, Andrew

Frost, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Ghassan Hage, Barbad Golshiri, Jens Hoffman,

Ranjit Hoskote, Rose Issa, Lisette Lagnado, Marcia Langton, Angela

Ndalianis, Andrew Maerkle, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Adriano Pedrosa,

Michael Smith and Tom Vanderbilt. Viewers are invited to join the



Internet memes are easily replicated ideas, catchphrases, symbols and

practices that take the form of image macros, viral videos and other

propagated content that respond to current affairs and popular culture.

The Internet Meme Project is an interactive exhibition space and breakout

lounge on the ground floor of GoMA. The highlight of the space is a wall of

over two hundred screens of moving image, including four touch screens that

allow users to explore the memes. The project places internet content within a

broader conversation about visual culture and the internet’s influence on

contemporary art.

The lounge encourages visitor interaction by providing wifi access, computer

terminals, magazines and personalised listening stations.


The new Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art iPhone app, available from the iTunes app store, is designed

to extend the viewer experience of the exhibition.

Utilising the Galleries’ free wifi service, the app will contain mainstay Gallery information such as exhibition

information, public and cinema programs. The app will provide access to multimedia content for a number of works

throughout ‘21st Century’.


Select public programs that examine issues that have defined the first decade and investigate art in the 21st century

will be broadcast as live webcasts via and archived as an ongoing resource on the Gallery’s

website and social media networks.


Free wifi access is available throughout the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery from December 2010.

Image: Rivane Neuenschwander's

installation I Wish your Wish 2003


Twelve interactive activities and artworks from leading international

contemporary artists, a summer festival, a regional touring program and the

Children’s Art Centre’s first ever publication for kids are all part of the ‘21st

Century Kids’ program


21st Century Kids sees the introduction of all-new artist activities for young

visitors and their families, as well as the return of some favourites from previous

exhibitions. The activities will take place across two levels of GoMA’s dedicated

Children’s Art Centre, as well as throughout the Gallery on all three levels. Key

art works in the exhibition will be labelled with special didactics for young art


Tony Albert Alien nation embassy 2008

Tony Albert’s Alien nation embassy 2008 is a multimedia interactive that invites all earthlings to become

honorary citizens of the Alien Nation — but not before passing the citizenship test! This multimedia

installation features two dynamic activity spaces that include a population counter, a global map that tracks

new alien citizens and electronic ‘swipe’ cards for kids to access secret alien information. Play online and

access exclusive citizen-only activities at

Pierre Bismuth Follow me 2010

Relating to the artist’s series of works Following the right hand of…, Bismuth invites young visitors to trace

with a felt tip pen the movements of a character or object starring in classic motion pictures. The end result

is a surprising abstract drawing. Disconnected from what originally informed the drawing, the finished result

takes on a new life of its own.

Justine Cooper The call of the wild 2006

The call of the wild 2006 is a touch screen interactive set in a natural history museum similar to those seen

in some of Justine Cooper’s art works. The aim of the interactive is to set trapped animals free from

drawers and lockers, returning them to their natural habitat. The call of the wild is presented inside an

immersive installation space that replicates the collections of museums in a playful and colourful way

appealing to all young Gallery visitors.

Olafur Eliasson The cubic structural evolution project 2004

Olfaur Eliasson’s unique installation puts the construction of a city into children’s hands! With thousands of

white Lego pieces, the task is to create and re-create an ever-evolving metropolis. Over the course of the

exhibition the project will change dramatically as young visitors build new constructions informed by both

the world around them and their imaginations.

Fiona Hall Fly away home 2010

Fiona Hall is an Australian artist who is known for her ability to make extraordinary things from everyday

materials. For ‘21st Century Kids’, Hall’s interest in the migratory patterns of birds and nest-making is

translated into a hands-on activity. Young visitors are invited to enter the nest-inspired activity space to create

their own species of bird using templates and paper money created by the artist.

Romuald Hazoumè (MIB) Made in Brisbane 2010

Beninese artist Romuald Hazoumè travelled to Brisbane to conduct workshops with local high school

students to create a large scale installation especially for ‘21st Century Kids’. As part of the installation a

documentary of the creative process presents the artist’s and the students’ views on this unique experience.

Bharti Kher Nothing is ordinary 2006

In India, the bindi is traditionally a symbolic mark of pigment applied to the forehead. Today it has become a

fashionable and decorative accessory available in many colours and designs, and is used by Indian artist

Bharti Kher in some of her art works. Children can wear one of the artist’s specially designed bindis and

everyone will know they’ve been to ‘21st Century Kids’.

Jorge Méndez Blake Discover Treasure Island 2010

Discover Treasure Island 2010 is a series of large-scale murals created by Mexican-born artist Jorge Méndez

Blake especially for the Children’s Art Centre’s Park level foyer. The artist has chosen his favourite story as a

child — Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic swash-buckling tale Treasure Island and brought it to life in an

immersive, sound-based installation.

Rivane Neuenschwander I Wish your Wish 2003

Inspired by a Brazilian tradition, Rivane Neuenschwander’s vibrant installation invites visitors to tie colourful

silk ribbons to their wrists that feature printed wishes on the fabric. Hundreds of the ribbons are inserted into

the gallery wall to create a sea of colour and silk. According to tradition, the wish is granted when the ribbon

wears away and falls off.

John Pule Drawing words 2006

John Pule is an artist, writer and poet whose art works often combine words and images. For ‘21st Century

Kids’ Pule presents a large-scale collaborative drawing project titled Drawing words. Engaging with Niuean

legends and culture, children can draw their interpretations of poetic words and phrases provided by the artist

for display in the Gallery.

Jana Sterbak Children will show you art 2010

Recorded inside a purpose-built, faux 19th century gallery space, Jana Sterbak’s artist project features an

exhibition of works from the Gallery’s historical collections curated by kids. Young visitors are able to view the

exhibition and record a film from their point of view using a pair of high tech glasses with a built-in digital

camera. The finished film clips can be sent to friends and family via email to show the young visitors ideas

about works on show.

Rirkrit Tiravanija Untitled (time sausage) 2010

The work of Argentian-born artist Rirkrit Tiravanija aims to bring visitors together and create living artworks, in

art galleries and museums. Tiravanija’s work for ‘21st Century Kids’ is situated in a dynamic, purpose-built

activity space, which invites generations of children and their grandparents to share family histories, stories

and images. Contributions will be collected and transformed during workshop demonstrations into ‘time

sausages’ for display in the space.


January 13-23, 2011

The 21st Century Kids Summer Festival celebrates the unique ways we have lived our lives in the first

decade of the 21st century, and to imagine what the future of our world might hold. The action-packed 11-day

program will feature a series of exciting new media performances, artist-run workshops and activities. The

program includes artist-run workshops by participating artists in the ‘21st Century’ exhibition, including: Fiona

Hall (AUS), Pierre Bismuth (France), Brook Andrew (AUS), Campbell Patterson (New Zealand) and Craig

Koomeeta (AUS). Special projects include American artist Spencer Finch’s specially designed ice cream stall,

and interactive performances by the Brisbane Live iPhone Orchestra.

Special Summer Festival events at GoMA’s Australian Cinémathèque include:

The Jetsons (1962)

Screening daily 13–23 Jan 12.30pm / Cinema A

The Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque presents selected episodes from the celebrated family sitcom The

Jetsons. This animated series by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna projected 1960s US culture and

lifestyle onto the 21st century, and creating the adventures of a family living in a futuristic utopia of

elaborate robotic contraptions and quirky inventions.

Pierre Bismuth

Sat 22 Jan & Sun 23 Jan / Cinema A

Using the Gallery’s 1929 Wurlitzer organ, French artist Pierre Bismuth will work with the musical tradition

of organ accompaniment to silent motion pictures. Young visitors will be enthralled by the artist’s selection

of unexpected and sometimes hilarious images for organist David Bailey’s live improvisation, creating a

unique and spectacular soundtrack.


10.30am – 2.30pm Saturday 15 January 2011 (Selected venues at later dates)

On Saturday 15 January 2011, Queenslanders are invited to participate in a free day of activities at more

than 45 regional and remote galleries and community centres simultaneously with the Gallery as part of the

21st Century Kids Summer Festival. 21st Century Kids Summer Festival on Tour will feature interactive

activities for children and families by artists in the exhibition, including Fiona Hall (Australia), Tony Albert

(Australia) and Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thailand). The projects have been developed to reflect the themes of the

exhibition, offering children and families insights into contemporary international art created in the past



Opening weekend

18-19 December 2010 / Free admission

Over the opening weekend, the Gallery’s Australian Cinemathèque is screening two contemporary film and

video programs including Swiss artist, Ursula Biemann’s film essays exploring migration, technology and

gender and two new films by Isaac Julien. For further details see

A New Tomorrow: Visions of the Future in Cinema

26 December 2010 – 27 February 2011

Adults $9 / 5-film pass $36, Concessions $7 / 5-film pass $28, Members $6 / 5-film pass $24

Tickets through QTix via 132 246 or from the box office one hour prior to screenings

(l-r: Production still from Things to Come 1936 / Courtesy: Park Circus, British Film Institute / Production still from E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial

1982 / Image courtesy: Universal Pictures / Production still from Mad Max 1979 / Image courtesy: Roadshow)

A New Tomorrow: Visions of the Future in Cinema includes science fiction favourites and cult classics,

charting alternative scenarios for civilisations to come and extraordinary explorations of new spaces,

dimensions and frontiers in cinema. From the schisms of industrialisation in Fritz Lang’s landmark Metropolis

1927; to the epic philosophical ideas of human evolution in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968;

the world of cyberpunk replicants in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner 1982; and the post-apocalyptic dystopia of

Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men 2006; the program plays out our hopes and fears in imaginatively

prefiguring the future on screen.

Special event: Zan Lyons vs Blade Runner AV

25-26 February 2011

General admission $25 / Gallery Members $16.50

Tickets available through QTix 132 246

In two Australian-exclusive shows at GoMA, Berlin-based filmmaker and sound artist Zan Lyons will perform

with viola, foot pedals and laptop while simultaneously remixing and reworking Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner

1982. Lyons has completely rewritten the film's legendary electronic score by composer Vangelis, and reedited

several scenes with his own visuals to achieve a dark and chaotic spectacle.

Unseen: New Cinema in the 21st Century

4 March – 26 April 2011 / Free admission

Production still from Sawan baan na (Agrarian Utopia) 2009 / Director: Uruphong Raksasad / Image courtesy: Extra Virgin

Unseen: New Cinema in the 21st Century showcases some of the most important new voices to emerge in the

last decade in contemporary cinema. Filmmakers such as Uruphong Raksasad, Pietro Marcello, Jessica

Hausner and Steve McQueen have contributed to the formulation of innovative visual languages. ‘Unseen’

celebrates moments of innovation in expressive languages which contribute to the perpetual reformulation of


Video Witness: News from the World

18 - 27 March 2011 / Free admission

Production still from Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (Burma VJ: Reporting from the Closed Country) 2008 / Director: Anders Østergaard /

Image courtesy: Magic Hour Films

‘Video Witness: News from the World’ explores the use of digital technologies over the last decade as effective

tools in protecting human rights. The program brings together important examples of filmmakers and nonprofessionals

making use of the accessibility of digital cameras and mobile technologies to record communities

under threat and political struggles. The footage captured serves not only as a document and a portrait of daily

life in conditions of instability but can also ensure that events and actions are reported in situations of

censorship and repression.

For screening info on all programs, visit



From 11.30am Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 December

Opening weekend talks on major commissions and Collection works by curators and exhibiting artists,

including Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Fiona Hall, Isaac Julien and Arlo

Mountford. Visit the website for talk times.


2.30pm Sunday 19 December 2010 and 2.30pm Sunday 30 January 2011

With Kathryn Weir, Curatorial Manager, International Art and Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art

Gallery and Nicholas Chambers, Curator, Contemporary International Art, Queensland Art Gallery.


Curator’s tours reflecting on ‘21st Century’ exhibition themes and key works from the Queensland Art

Gallery Collection.

2.30pm Tuesday 21 December 2010 and 3.00pm Sunday 24 April 2011

The medium of contemporary art with Nicholas Chambers, Curator, Contemporary International Art,

Queensland Art Gallery.

2.30pm Sunday 9 January and 2.30pm Sunday 27 March 2011

Positioning and experiencing contemporary art with Russell Storer, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific

Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

2.30pm Saturday 5 February 2011 and 11.30am Thursday 3 March 2011

Traces of history with David Burnett, Curator, International Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

11.30am Friday 25 February and Thursday 14 April 2011

Australian artists in the global frame with Julie Ewington, Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Queensland

Art Gallery.


Commences Thursday 3 February 2011, 6.15 for 6.30pm, GoMA

Engage in the issues that defined the first decade during a series of evening discussions with local and

visiting speakers. Talks will be webcast live via the ‘21st Century’ blog at

3 February: GoMA TALKS | Communication: Who are we in the world of Web 2.0?

17 February: GoMA TALKS | People: How can human rights and politics evolve in the 21st century?

3 March: GoMA TALKS | Places: What makes up a 21st century city and are there any boundaries?

For further March and April topics visit


Weekly illustrated lecture and interview series

2.00pm Saturdays, Cinema B, GoMA (commences Saturday 12 February)

Investigate the diverse aims, inspirations and contexts for the production of art in the 21st century with Dr

Mark Pennings, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, and special guests.

12 February

Lecture: Contemporary art’s history.

19 February

Lecture: Global identities: Social and political perspectives.

26 February

Lecture: Taking part in contemporary art: Entertainment and participation.

5 March

Lecture: New globalism in the media sphere: New media art.

12 March

In-conversation: Contemporary Art in an international field.

Mark Pennings with Julie Ewington, Curatorial Manager, Australian Art.

19 March

Artist interview held as part of the 21st Century exhibition symposium.

26 March

In-conversation: Video and memes.

Mark Pennings with José Da Silva, Curator, Australian Cinémathèque.

2 April

In-conversation: The fluidity of boundaries in international art.

Mark Pennings with Russell Storer, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art and Nicholas Chambers,

Curator, Contemporary International Art.


18-19 March 2011, GoMA

Take the time to visit ‘21st Century’ over summer and come back to explore the exhibition and its wider

relevance in more depth through this engaging weekend program with visiting scholars, participating artists

and curators. Booking details available via closer to the time.


Online resources are available for primary and secondary teachers to guide their students to interpret

and appreciate the art works and create their own responses.

Look Out teacher workshop days

Bookings required | Paid programs

Early years and primary: Saturday 5 February 2011 at GoMA

Secondary: Saturday 12 February 2011at GoMA

In a workshop for teachers planning class visits to ‘21st Century’, teachers are invited to meet some of

the Australian artists featured in ‘21st Century’ ands submit a question for the artists in these fun

‘teacher meets the artist’ sessions, followed by a hands-on workshop.

Handouts with curriculum information and step-by-step instructions will assist teachers in developing

classroom activities, and participants will receive a certificate of participation endorsed by the

Queensland College of Teachers.

Please contact the Education Bookings Office in early January 2011 to make a booking.

Telephone: (07) 3840 7255



Exhibition Resources

Access the free online resources, as they become available. Visit the Education webpage:


To receive updates on Look Out programs and education resources please subscribe to Edmail, the

Gallery’s free eNews for teachers. Send your name, school, address, phone number and teaching level


School bookings

Bookings are required for groups of 10 or more. Please provide at least 72 hours’ notice of your visit.

To make a group booking, please contact the Education Bookings Office.

Telephone: (07) 3840 7255



On the exhibition


• Tony Ellwood, Director, Queensland Art Gallery

• Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director, Curatorial and Collection Development, Queensland Art Gallery

• Kathryn Weir, Curatorial Manager, International Art and Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art


• Julie Ewington, Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery

• Russell Storer, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery

• Nicholas Chambers, Curator, Contemporary International Art, Queensland Art Gallery

• José Da Silva, Curator, Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art Gallery

On the publication

• Miranda Wallace, Senior Curator, Exhibitions and Research, Queensland Art Gallery

On 21st Century Cinema

• Kathryn Weir, Curatorial Manager, International Art and Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art


• José Da Silva, Curator, Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art Gallery

• Rosie Hays, Associate Curator, Cinema Acquisitions and Programming, Australian Cinémathèque,

Queensland Art Gallery

On 21st Century Kids, children’s publication, public programs and education

• Andrew Clark, Deputy Director, Programming and Corporate Services, Queensland Art Gallery

• Donna McColm, Head of Public Programs, Children’s Art Centre and Membership, Queensland Art


• Kate Ryan, Curator, Children’s Art Centre, Queensland Art Gallery

• Kate Ravenswood, Head of Access, Education and Regional Services, Queensland Art Gallery


The Queensland Art Gallery respects the rights of artists and copyright holders when providing

images for media use.

The Gallery provides images of selected artworks in the ’21st Century: Art in the First Decade’

exhibition to approved media representatives to communicate broadcast and reproduces for fair

dealing purposes. Under the Copyright Act 1968, fair dealing covers criticism or review, and reporting

the news.

Images strictly for these purposes are available at

The responsibility for securing permission from the copyright holder for any additional purposes of

image reproduction remains solely with the party reproducing the images.

In addition, any reproduction of these images must be accompanied by the full caption, including the

credit line and the relevant copyright information, as provided with each image.

Any party communicating, broadcasting or reproducing these images must not crop, distort or

manipulate the images in any way. No images can be bled off the page, or printed in a single colour

other than black, or overlaid with text.

Copying, dissemination or redistribution of any image is strictly prohibited without prior written

permission from the Gallery.

For images or further information regarding image use, please contact the Queensland Art Gallery

ph: +61 7 3840 7162 or email:

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

18 December 2010 – 26 April 2011



Amelia Gundelach

Senior Media Officer

Queensland Art Gallery

tel: 61 (0) 7 3840 7162

61 (0) 404 994 985

fax: 61 (0) 7 3840 7257



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