APT8 Conference | Yamani performance

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The APT8 Conference invited artists, researchers, and curators from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to address some of the key conceptual threads in the exhibition. Read more

During the APT8 Conference the Yamani group responded to Len Lye’s Tusalava 1929 with an original composition featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from around Queensland, Australia. The languages that were featured in the composition are Warrgamay, Kalaw Kawaw Ya, Butchulla, Gunggari and Yugambeh.  The music was by Faith Baisden and reflected on the instinct for connection and its counterbalance in the struggle for control.

Yamani is a community project formed as a collaboration between the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee (QILAC) and Wantok Musik.  The group features indigenous women from across Queensland, Australia, singing in their traditional languages.

Please note that due to copyright issues, the screening of Len Lye’s Tusalava 1929 is not featured in this footage.

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