Regional Queensland audiences have an opportunity to experience key video works from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Collection, when the exhibition Physical Video tours extensively across the the state.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said Physical Video focused on performance and theatricality in video art from the 1970s to the present. “These vibrant and thought-provoking works demonstrate how artists use the physical gestures and actions of the human body to illustrate social, political and aesthetic issues,” said Chris.

Each work will explore elements of water, air and fire. Opening at the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery in Gatton, the tour extends to regional venues including Layunyah Art Gallery in Chinchilla, and the Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery (Biloela). Building upon an earlier version at GOMA, the exhibition now appears in a new iteration that will feature artists including Angela Tiatia (New Zealand/Australia),Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont (Australia), Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Japan/United States/Vietnam), Donghee Koo (South Korea), Tarryn Gill (Australia), Sriwhana Spong (New Zealand), and James Oram (New Zealand).

Some works, such as James Oram’s Feeling the Burn 2006, use direct to camera performance to explore risk, endurance and transformation. The Gymnasium 2010 by Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont questions ideas of physical perfection alongside Australian national identity. While the work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, finds rickshaw drivers dragging their pedal carts across the seabed to symbolise the struggle of refugees in postwar Vietnam, and Donghee Koo deconstructs of the children’s game cat’s cradle to explore conscious and unconscious forms of play.

The exhibition will be touring from 4 July until 3 May 2020. Chris said the regional tour of Physical Video will further cement the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to making art accessible to all Queenslanders.

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