Timothy Cook, 'Kulama'

Image credit: FX HARSONO, Writing in the rain,  2011 (still), colour Blu-ray, sound, 6 min, 11 sec (looped), ed. 5/5. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased NGV Foundation, 2013. © FX Harsono

Timothy Cook, 'Kulama'

Image credit: Tromarma, Pilgrimage, 2011 (still) single channel video. Purchased NGV Foundation 2012. © Tromarama

Timothy Cook, 'Kulama'

Image credit: Go WATANABE, Emo, 2004 (still), colour high definition digital video animation, sound 8 min 50 sec (looped), ed. 1/8. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased, NGV Asian Art Acquisition Fund, 2013 © Go Watanabe

Contemporary Asian video art from the National Gallery of Victoria

3 April to 29 July 2018
Gallery 1 & 2

The National Gallery of Victoria and Latrobe Regional Gallery are proud to present Writing in the rain: contemporary Asian video art from the NGV.

Writing in the rain features nine works from the NGV Collection, exploring the past decade of contemporary Asian video. Featuring works by artists from Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, China, and Indonesia, Writing in the rain explores the cultural underpinnings specific to each artist.

This exhibition showcases a recent focus area of NGV collecting; strengthening the holdings of contemporary Asian art in recognition of the vibrancy of artistic practice in the region. The artworks in Writing in the rain reflect the diverse way video as a medium is used. The nine works in Writing in the rain will be displayed on both projectors and screens, with an accompanying sculpture installation.

The works in the exhibition address both past and future concerns, with Go Watanabe’s work Emo responding to artificial intelligence and potential future impacts on our emotional lives: while FX Harsano combines video with traditional calligraphy to explore the past, and specifically the experience of Chinese immigrants to Indonesia in the 1970s. From dreamlike landscapes by Yang Yongliang to the humour of Wang Gongxin’s The Dinner Table, the works employ the immersive strategies of video to draw viewers into the artists world.

The NGV is committed to sharing its collections with the people of Victoria, including the loan of works to regional galleries. The NGV is thrilled to be working with LRG to present these practices to regional audiences, and in the university context which sees students and scholars bringing new perspectives to the NGV Collection.

A National Gallery of Victoria exhibition in association with Latrobe Regional Gallery.