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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 12, 2022

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APT7 Cinema at GOMA

Cathy Dee

Recently I visited the Gallery of Modern Art (aka. GOMA) at South Bank to take a look at their current cinema exhibition, the “7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art” (APT7). The exhibition is split into two sections, “Mountains and Waters: Chinese Animation Since the 1930s” and “Change: Paths through 20 Years of Film”.

The “Mountains and Waters: Chinese Animation Since the 1930s” component of APT7 features animations that use techniques such as ink-wash painting, shadow plays, papercuts, puppetry and woodblock prints. This provides for a visually interesting experience, far different to animation usually seen in Australia. During February the exhibition focuses on animations from Hong Kong and Taiwan. On selected Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays GOMA opens up its cinemas to play animations featured in the exhibit, definitely something to see if in the area. Also coming in March and April is the chance to see classic works by the Wan brothers, Te Wei, Hu Jinqing, Jin Xi, A Da, Qian Jiajun among other artists.

When I visited GOMA I was lucky enough to stumble upon the “Tei Wei – Chinese Animations” room. A cave like room where there are animations playing constantly. When I was there I got to see two films, “Where is Mama?” and “The Buffalo Boy and His Flute”. I later realised that this part of the exhibit is part of the Kids APT7, however this did not stop me from enjoying the animations and recommend everyone take a look!

The second part of the APT7 cinema is “Change: Paths through 20 Years of Film”. This exhibit encompasses 20 years of filmmaking throughout the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Pacific. The program includes more than 80 films, which can be viewed on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the GOMA cinemas. However if you can’t make it to GOMA at these times there is a short film on the work of “The Propeller Group” that plays continuously. “The Propeller Group” was formed in 2006 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The video playing at GOMA at the moment documents past projects of the group and also the collaboration between graffiti artists, El Mac and Shamsia Hassani. Which resulted in the canvas displayed at the moment in the GOMA foyer.

The APT7 cinema exhibition is displaying at GOMA until the 14th of April 2013. It’s a free exhibit so make sure you take the time to see some great animations and short films, well worth the trip to South Bank!