William Yang: Seeing and Being Seen

‘William Yang: Seeing and Being Seen’ showcases more than 250 works spanning the Australian photographer and performance artist’s five-decade career. The exhibition includes Yang’s prolific social portraiture, which features prominent creative identities from theatre, film, art and literature, his revelatory insights into the LGBTIQ+ community, and insightful images of the Australian landscape. ‘Seeing and Being Seen’ also includes early social photographs of Sydney’s arts scene and the artist’s long exploration of his family and childhood experience in North Queensland, which interrogate and celebrate his Chinese-Australian identity.

William Yang, Life Lines #3 – Self portrait #2 (1947), 1947/2008, Photographer: Unknown, inkjet print on Innova Softex paper, edition 2/30, 100 × 70cm. Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2010. Photograph: Carl Warner. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Queensland Art Gallery
27 March to 22 August 2021