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October Friends Night with special guest Bryan Foong

We invited local artist Bryan Foong to talk to our members about his art practice. Bryan Foong’s work was recently acquired for the ANU Art Collection in 2020.

Bryan Foong is an artist of Malaysian-Chinese heritage currently working and living on unceded Ngunnawal and Ngambri country. He is a recent Painting graduate from the ANU School of Art + Design (BVA Honours) with a background in biology and medicine. His Honours project drew on the logic of cruising to put forth a queer re-conceptualisation of [P]ainting’s sovereign and colonial tendencies in gaze, time, and spatial production. Drawing upon Wong Kar Wai’s 1997 film Happy Together in an initial act of nostalgia and autobiographic identification, the film became a methodological ground to cruise matters of desire and queer representation, image/text performativity and failure, recursive/non-linear temporalities and the surface erotic as a wider critical examination of the politics of looking and inhabiting space. The work was awarded the 2019 Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Prize. Showings include the CAPO Emerging Artist Prize, Tributary Projects (ACT), SNO (Sydney), SPRING83 (Sydney) along with an upcoming solo exhibition at ANCA (Australian National Capital Artists Inc.)

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.