Situating ‘Australian art’ in Japan and beyond

While artistic engagement between Australia and Japan is not new, recent collaborations open up a greater cross-cultural discourse in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2020, the 7th Yokohama Triennale featured a record number of Australian artists including Robert Andrew, Elena Knox, Make or Break (Rebecca Gallo and Connie Anthes) and Tina Havelock. This year, a collaborative work by Heather B Swann and Nonda Katsalidis is the first Australian work to be permanently installed on the art islands for the Setouchi Triennale.

Also in Japan, the upcoming Aichi Triennale 2022 includes five Australian artists (with strong First Nations voices) as well as Back to Back Theatre for the Performing Arts Program.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_