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Made in China, Australia

This exhibition toured nationally from 2012 to 2015

Touring Dates:

·   Burnie Regional Gallery (TAS) 1 February – 1 March 2013
·   McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (VIC) 17 March – 9 June 2013
·   Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (NSW) 21 June – 28 July 2013
·   Adelaide Festival Centre (SA) 6 August – 22 October 2013
·   Ararat Regional Art Gallery (VIC) 27 March – 18 May 2014
·   Kickarts Contemporary Arts, Cairns (QLD) 2 June – 5 July 2014
·   Artspace Mackay (QLD) 5 September – 18 October 2014
·   Grafton Regional Gallery (NSW) 10 December 2014 – 1 February 2015
·   Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (TAS) 21 February – 3 May 2015


Details of the original exhibition, held in the Long Gallery at Salamanca Arts Centre below:

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 4 August – Sunday 2 September 2012

Curator’s Talk: Saturday 4 August 2012 @ 3:00pm

Official Opening: Exhibition to be opened by Senator Lisa Singh, Sunday 5 August 2012 @ 1:00pm

Salamanca Arts Centre is proud to present Made in China, Australia, a multi-generational exploration of the Chinese Australian diaspora through the works of 16 artists.

Different and individual processes of acculturation have impacted on the work of Chinese Australian artists in diverse ways. Made in China, Australia presents works by Chinese Australian artists that reveal a range of particular Chinese Australian pathways and lived experiences.

Australian-born, William Yang and Lindy Lee assert vastly different approaches in their practice. Yang relentlessly pursues the roots of his ‘Chineseness’ in deeply personal and powerful ways, while for many years Lee made work recognisable only for its engagement with international postmodernism.

John Young came to Australia as a child. His early work Manchurian Snow Walk examined the diasporic phenomenon in conceptual ways. A more recent work, Danger Zone, explores how moral codes of behaviour can be unique to specific circumstances (the Nanjing Massacre of 1937) when two cultures meet.

Liu Xiao Xian migrated to Australia in the early 1990s under the shadow of a post-Tiananmen ethos that was hostile to independent thought. He arrived with his brother Ah Xian and Guan Wei, artists already established as practitioners. Liu studied art in Australia and his work light-handedly explores the seemingly insignificant, yet often profound, differences and similarities between the East and the West.

Another important contributor to the shifting states of subtly-complex difference and assimilation is generational change. The work of ‘second’ generation Chinese Australian artists, such as Owen Leong and Aaron Seeto, has a different engagement with ‘White Australia’, free of a convention of victimisation often associated with the work of older Australian born artists. And yet, because they grew up here, their views differ again from more recent arrivals likeTianli Zu and Clara Chow.

Other complexities also permeate the exhibition, mixed and indigenous cultural heritage, sexuality. It is the difference within difference that informs Made in China, Australia.

Curator: Greg Leong

Artists: Tony Ayres, Shuxia Chen, Clara Chow, Lindy Lee, Kevin Leong, Owen Leong, Chen Ping, Jane Quon,Pamela Mei-Leng See, Aaron Seeto, Jason Wing, Zhou Xiaoping, Liu Xiao Xian, William Yang, John Young,Tianli Zu.



Read the review by Thomas Connelly



Image Credits: Owen Leong. Budi (from the series Birthmark). Courtesy of the artist and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne


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