The Year of the Horse is fast approaching. As a large portion of our Asian community celebrates one of the biggest events of the year, we’re excited to see the city fill with music and colour. Chinese New Year is much more than a parade and easy access to amazing dumplings – so it is very worthwhile checking out the full calendar of exhibitions, talks and workshops, tours, food and other events.
We recommend stopping by Crossing Boundaries – a contemporary art exhibition that celebrates the fascinating junction between Asian and Australian art. Sculpture, ceramics, installation and performance works from over 30 artists present issues of identity, blurred geography and unique cultural influences.
Crossing Boundaries is curated by award-winning artist and founding director of Cultural Partnerships Australia, Catherine Croll. You can expect works from renowned artists like Hu Ming, Guan Wei, Lindy Lee and William Yang (also 2014 Chinese New Year Festival Ambassador).
Japanese-born artist Mayu Kanamori will be presenting a video-based work with fellow artists Maylei Hunt, Jayanto Damanik, Yiwon Park, Yoshiko Ito, Moyi (Miranda) Zhao. It is an opportunity for Mayu to explore the Japanese diaspora in Australia, a topic historically muted as a consequence of issues like deportation during WW2 and a hesitation by Japanese people to relinquish their citizenship in favour of an Australian one.
Especially made for Sydney by those who live here, the work canvasses opinions from artists and other community members on the notion of racial and other stereotypes, with diverse and surprising results.
Crossing Boundaries is on at Sydney Town Hall (Lower Town Hall at Druitt Street) from 22 January – 9 February from 12-8pm daily (except on 22 January, when it closes at 5pm).