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Mai Nguyen-Long, The Vomit Girl Project: Vigit-Worana-Doba, 2017-2022. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Silversalt,Wollongong, March 2022
Join two significant artists whose work has been impacted by their Asian heritage. William Yang (Claiming Heritage) and
Mai Nguyen-Long (Vomit Girl) will each speak briefly about their work in the show, and be available for questions.
Noted photographer William Yang has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. Born in North Queensland in 1942, in 1977 his first solo
exhibition, Sydneyphiles, caused a sensation because of its frank depiction of the Sydney gay party scene. In the mid-eighties, Yang began to explore his Chinese heritage, which had been lost to him by his complete assimilation into the Australian way of life. His photographic themes expanded to include landscapes and the Chinese in Australia as well as his visits to China. In 1989, Yang began to perform monologues with slide projections. He has exhibited extensively across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, and won numerous awards and accolades. Major exhibitions of his work include The China Project (2009) at QAGOMA in Brisbane, and a significant survey exhibition William Yang: Seeing
and Being Seen was held in 2021, also at QAGOMA in Brisbane.
Born in Tasmania to a Vietnamese father and an Australian mother, Mai Nguyễn-Long grew up in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines; as an adult she lived in Australia, China, and Vietnam. This trajectory of experiences during times of social and political upheaval continue to shape Mai’s sense of belonging. Her interest in cultural heritage informed her early academic commitments including Asian Studies, Art History, and Museum Studies. Since 1996 Mai has exhibited across a range of mediums including painting, drawing, media, mixed media sculptures and installation. It was a residency in the Hanoi ceramics village of Bat Trang that introduced Mai to clay. She is now undertaking a PhD program with
her thesis titled Vomit Girl Beyond Diasporic Trauma: Interconnecting Contemporary Art and Folkloric Practices in Vietnam. In 2022 Mai’s Vomit Girl (Berlin Cluster) and a newly commissioned Specimen (Permeate) were exhibited at the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. She lives and works in Dharawal country, Bulli.
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