We often think of artists and artworks as having stable identities, yet the historical reality of art is far messier, and far more exciting, as objects, artists, and ideas moved across national and cultural boundaries, created between and from multiple cultures. This year's Sydney Asian Art Series explores examples of such movement and multiplicity from across Asia and the world.
Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor at the Roski School of Art and Design at University of Southern California. During her visit to Sydney, she will be presenting a lunchtime seminar for students on curating queer performance and archives.
The Chinese painter known to Europeans as “Lam Qua” was one of the most well-documented artisans working in the port of Guangzhou in the early 19th century. While very little historical Chinese records have been found to clarify Lam Qua’s biography, he left a fascinating corpus of paintings—including both originals and copies—for us to examine. Professor Winnie Wong's lecture challenges whether "he was an early exemplar of modern art in China, or a mere copyist of European pictures?" and considers how learning about Lam Qua’s stature might alter how we might see his work.