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ON THE LOOMS: New tapestry designed by Guan Wei


The ATW is pleased to be working with Guan Wei on a major new tapestry project for the ATW exhibition collection.Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce, Jennifer Sharpe andCheryl Thornton have begun weavingTreasure Hunt,a 3.6m long tapestry. Thedesign is inspired by a large painted mural from Guan Wei'sexhibition Other Histories at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney in 2006.

Treasure Huntreflects upon Indigenous and colonial culture, as well as cultural diversity. Through thedepiction of the oceans, islands and desert interiors, Guan Wei references navigation, exploration, migration and the influence of, and response toglobalisation.

Over the last three decades Guan Wei has developed a significant international reputation as a contemporary artist whose work crosses cultural and political borders, specifically between Australia and Asia. He migrated to Australia in 1989 from China. His practice draws on his personal experience of both Chinese and Australian culture, as well as an informed socio-political awareness and knowledge of art history.

Guan Wei has held 50 solo exhibitions, andhas been included in numerous important contemporary exhibitions internationally, such as Shanghai Biennial 2010; 10th Havana Biennial Cuba in 2009;Handle with CareAdelaide Biennial of Australian Art, at Art Gallery of South Australia in 2008;Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin 2003; Osaka Triennial Contemporary Art Space Osaka Japan 2001.Man and Space, Kwangju Biennale 2000; and Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery Australia 1999.

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