Physical Video

‘Physical Video’ features key video works from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), which focus on performance and theatricality in video art in Australia from the 1970s through to the present day.

Sriwhana Spong, Costume for a mourner (still), 2010, Hard Drive (transferred from standard-definition video): 8:22 minutes, black and white, sound, ed. 3/3. Purchased 2011. John Darnell Bequest. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © the artist

Using the body as a conduit to explore history, culture and identity within larger theatrical settings, work such as Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam, towards the complex – for the courageous, the curious, and the cowards (2001) by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba depict cyclo drivers dragging their pedal carts across the seabed to symbolise the risk and struggle of refugees in postwar Vietnam. Gymnasium (2010) by Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont pits ideas of physical perfection against questions of Australian national identity, and in Static electricity of cat’s cradle (2007) by Donghee Koo, a simple game for children simulates the awkwardness of human interaction.

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam, towards the complex – for the courageous, the curious, and the cowards (stills), 2001, DVD: 13 minutes, colour, stereo, ed. 4/10. Purchased 2002. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © the artist

Cairns Art Gallery
30 November, 2018 to 3 February, 2019
Queensland