APT8 In Conversation | Tatau and the Pacific

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Julia Mage’au Gray in conversation with Ruth McDougall, Curator, Pacific Art, QAGOMA, focussing on the significance of the art of ‘tatau’ in Pacific culture, featuring a special demonstration.

Julia Mage’au Gray is a dancer, choreographer, tattooist, photographer and film-maker who is interested in exploring her Papuan and Mekeo heritage within an urban Australian context. Her performances frequently combine dance with evocative video narratives. Now based in Darwin, Gray co-founded the performance group Sunameke in 1997. Dress or adornment, including the marking of the body with tatu (tattoo), is often of particular significance in her performances and films. Best foot forward 2011 features Gray’s sister Yolanda walking along an Australian road dressed in a Mekeo skirt customarily worn for performance, which contrasts with her red high heels. Mage’au Gray also features in APT8′s Yumi Danis (We Dance) performance project.

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia | 21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia