Melbourne Public Program – In Dialogue: Gender + Art in Asia

A framed photo of an East Asian woman in a long black sleeveless dress with long black hair, standing with her right hand on a metal sperm storage unit. Behind the photo is a white gallery space with sand and bamboo poles stood upright against a wall


Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 3:00am


Buxton Contemporary

Dodds St, Southbank VIC 3006

2pm – 5pm 

Free, register here

Presented by Buxton Contemporary and the School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne in association with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney and the exhibition Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue 肖鲁:语嘿.

This international workshop moderated by Claire Roberts coincides with the exhibition Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue (4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney). It brings together artists, art critics and art historians to discuss the question of gender and art in China, as well as in Indonesia and Singapore. The workshop will begin with short presentations and the viewing videos and slides of performance art works by Xiao Lu, Arahmaiani, and Suzann Victor, followed by group discussion. Conversation will focus on the practice of these artists and their choice of medium as well as the reception of their work in local, regional and global contexts. Speakers will include Wulan Dirgantoro, Chloe Ho, Shao Yiyang, Xiao Lu and Xu Hong. People who wish to actively contribute to the workshop discussion or just be present are all welcome.

Top image: Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue 肖鲁:语嘿 (installation view), 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Left: Xiao Lu, Tides (絅蟙) (detail), documentation of performance, Sydney, 18 January 2019, installation: sand, bamboo poles. Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist. Right: Xiao Lu, Sperm (精子), 2006, C-type print, 120 x 160cm, edition 6/10, printed 2016, documentation of performance: 21-23 May 2006, Long March Project – Yan’an, Kangda Hotel, Yan’an; photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy Long March Space and the artist.