WILLIAM YANG Stories of Love and Death


  • Stills Gallery 36 Gosbell Street Paddington, NSW, 2021 Australia
Image: © William Yang William in scholar's costume, 2008. Inkjet print, 79 x 52cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney. 

Image: © William Yang William in scholar's costume, 2008. Inkjet print, 79 x 52cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney. 

In February, fittingly the month of both Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras, Stills Gallery will be exhibiting William Yang: Stories of Love and Death to coincide with the launch of a book of the same name (Stories of Love and Death:Performance, Portraiture and Documentary in the work of William Yang) published by UNSW Press.

William Yang has moved between theatre, photography and film throughout his long career. Central to all these art forms is the camera and also William’s life story, his living biography. His work is always about his identity as a Chinese Australian gay man. He is always playing the role of chronicler and storyteller.

The exhibition will feature several strands of Yang’s photography for which he is now well known including some of his classic black and white sequences About My Mother and Sadness his portraiture of celebrities (Patrick White, Brett Whiteley, Cate Blanchett) and his historic documentary work (Mardi Gras, art events, travel).

The central themes of his work - family, mortality (life and death) and connection with others – hold universal meaning. He also investigates the central importance of understanding one’s identity in cultural and gender terms. We all have a deep need to be seen and heard and in order to do this we must understand who we are. He is a teacher for all of us.


Event Date: Exhibition: Wednesday 17th February to Saturday 5th March 2016
Opening: Saturday 20th February, 3-5pm
Artist talk/performance: Saturday 27th February, 6-8pm (RSVP essential, contact the Gallery)
Gallery Hours: 11am-5pm Wednesday to Saturday
Venue: Stills Gallery, 36 Gosbell Street Paddington NSW 2021

This is a FREE event.


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