The group exhibition Made in China, Australia  will open Saturday 4 August  and run until 2 September 2012 @ Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania before touring around Australia.

Flower Market (Nanjing 1936) #3 (small version), 2010 -160 x 160cm, digital print and oil on linen - courtesy of the artist

"Different and individual processes of acculturation have impacted on the work of Chinese Australian artists in diverse ways. Made in China, Australia presents works by Chinese Australian artists that reveal a range of particular Chinese Australian pathways and lived experiences.
Australian-born, William Yang and Lindy Lee assert vastly different approaches in their practice. Yang relentlessly pursues the roots of his ‘Chineseness’ in deeply personal and powerful ways, while for many years until approximately 2000 Lee made work recognisable only for its engagement with international postmodernism.
John Young came to Australia as a child. His early work Manchurian Snow Walk examined the diasporic phenomenon in conceptual ways. A more recent work, Danger Zone, explores how moral codes of behaviour can be unique to specific circumstances when two cultures meet (as in the Nanjing Massacre of 1937).
Liu Xiao Xian migrated to Australia in the early 1990s under the shadow of a post-Tiananmen ethos that was hostile to independent thought. He arrived with his brother Ah Xian and Guan Wei, artists already established as practitioners. Liu studied art in Australia and his work explores with irony the seemingly insignificant, yet often profound, differences and similarities between the East and the West.
Another important contributor to the shifting states of subtly complex difference and assimilation is generational change. The work of ‘second’ generation Chinese Australian artists, such as Owen Leong and Aaron Seeto, has a different engagement with ‘White Australia’, reinterpreting the convention of victimisation often associated with the work of older Australian born artists. And yet, because they grew up here, their views differ again from more recent arrivals like Tianli Zu and Clara Chow.
Other complexities also permeate the exhibition, mixed and indigenous cultural heritage, and sexuality. It is the difference within difference that informs Made in China, Australia." - Greg Leong, curator of Made in China, Australia.


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The exhibition will tour nationally from 1 Jan 2013 - 30 May 2014 to regional galleries across Australia, including Burnie Regional Art Gallery, McClelland Sculpture Park and Museum, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Adelaide Festival Centre, Ararat Regional Gallery, Kickarts Contemporary Arts Cairns, Grafton Regional Gallery, QVMAG Launceston.


For more information on the touring exhibition visit Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania: