William Yang: Seeing & Being Seen Limited Edition


This limited edition version of 'William Yang: Seeing & Being Seen' is signed and numbered and contains a limited signed and numbered print of Golden Summer 1987/2016.

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This must-have publication for devotees of photography celebrates artist and performer William Yang’s invaluable contribution to Australian art and our rich traditions of storytelling.

Accompanying a QAGOMA exhibition of the same name, William Yang: Seeing and Being Seen explores five decades of the artist’s prolific practice. This is the first major survey exhibition and publication on Yang by a state gallery.

Featuring reproductions of over 200 photographs, it traces Yang’s career from his heady early days as a social photographer in the 1970s documenting Sydney’s queer scene through to some of his well-known series addressing family ties, sexual and cultural identity, and the Australian landscape. The publication also examines the artist’s deep connections to Queensland, including his mid-career explorations of growing up in the far north of the state.

Insightful essays delve into the public and private realms of the artist and complement Yang’s highly personal and engaging imagery. QAGOMA curator Rosie Hays provides an overview of the artist’s highly regarded career; writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law gives an account of his own experiences growing up as a gay, Chinese Australian; and Professor Susan Best discusses the artist’s engagement with shame — and his refusal to accept it — in both personal and public histories. In addition, the artist shares his own personal reflections on nature in his evocative text entitled ‘Ghost in the landscape’.


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