Jason Phu: my parents met at the fish market

Jason Phu’s gallery-wide installation at ACE Open explores the artist’s cultural upbringing in a Chinese-Vietnamese household with Buddhist, Daoist and Confucian culture, while growing up in Australia. ‘my parents met at the fish market’ tells his story with sculpture, mural and large works crafted from builders’ plastic and domestic materials. Staged across five rooms the exhibition includes Phu’s fish head constructed from a camping tent and crushed velvet, a 10-metre-long reclining Buddha, and recipes for steamed fish written in pinyin (Chinese script).

Jason Phu, my parents met at the fish market, 2017, installation view, West Space, Melbourne. Photograph: Christo Crocker. Courtesy the artist and ACE Open, South Australia

Jason Phu, my parents met at the fish market, 2017, installation view, West Space, Melbourne. Photograph: Christo Crocker. Courtesy the artist and ACE Open, South Australia

ACE Open
Until 17 November, 2018
South Australia