Kicking off this February at the Australian Centre for Photography Paddington, will be the exhibition “William Yang: Claiming China“. Held in conjunction with the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival and the 2008 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the display celebrates the work of acclaimed Chinese-Australian artist William Yang. While open about his homosexuality, Yang’s work often controversially touches on issues regarding both his heritage and sexual preference. Within this exhibition Yang’s photos explore his forced assimilation into Australian culture and the repossession of his Chinese background.
Yang was born in Queensland as a third generation Australian. He is a multitalented individual, having worked as a playwright, a photographer and performance artist. He has been awarded several prizes including the 1993 International Photographer of the Year Award at The Higashigawacho International Photographic Festival, Japan as well as numerous awards, nominations and special mentions for his poignant documentary “Sadness“. He earned a Bachelor of Arts – Architecture and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters both from the University of Queensland, and has widely exhibited both locally and internationally at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam and the San Diego Museum of Art.