LIU XIAO XIAN
PAMELA MEI-LENG SEE
Made In China, Australia
Date: 01-Jan-2013 – 01-Feb-2015
LOCATION: SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE, BURNIE REGIONAL ART GALLERY, MCCLELLAND SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM, LAKE MACQUARIE CITY ART GALLERY, ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE, ARARAT REGIONAL GALLERY, KICKARTS CONTEMPORARY ARTS CAIRNS, GRAFTON REGIONAL GALLERY, QVMAG LAUNCESTON
The migration and settlement of any large racial group in a new host country is complex. The complexity of the Chinese diaspora in Australia can be seen in the distinctive and diverse Chinese Australians here. These categories are often reduced in the popular imagination to a single Asian stereotype. The curatorial thesis will argue that the different and individual processes of acculturation have impacted in diverse ways on the work of Chinese Australian artists.The exhibition questions how the work of Chinese Australian artists is affected by the particular Chinese Australian heritage and experiences they have had. Some of the artists in the exhibition were born in Australia, others travelled to Australia in the past and some are recent arrivals. The curator is interested in the subtle differences that arise in the artists’ work due to their particular relationship with the two cultures.