A delicious feast of contemporary art will take over Metro Arts this week, filling the heritage building with a diverse range of visual art, installations, panel discussions and performance.

From 17 to 21 February AusAsia will feature a range of dynamic work created by contemporary Asian-Australian artists – with something for everyone to enjoy!

In a one-night only experience, Brisbane return season patrons can dine with strangers in Jamie Lewis’ immersive performance on love, loss and migration.

Following a popular Melbourne season and sold-out Brisbane Festival season last year, Saltwater returns home to Metro Arts where the work was first created.

Multidisciplinary artist Vanghoua Anthony Vue’s work will also be on display, as he transforms the Metro Arts stairwell with a striking and colourful installation that stretches across four levels.

Oriental Women, a series of hand-coloured photographs by Brisbane-based artist Sancintya Simpson, will also be exhibited. Reminiscent of early ethnographic photographs of the ‘Exotic Other’, Simpson’s works features women sitting for the western gaze, but subverting it and eating cheap oriental flavoured instant noodles.

Drawing from her background of living in both Australia and Indonesia, Bridie Gillman invites conversation as part of a temporary research lab where she will be investigating the Australian and Bali connection as a catalyst for a forthcoming project.

And, Kerbside furniture finds a new home after being delicately reassembled in an installation reminiscent of a Japanese flower arrangement. The site specific installation will be created at the back of the Metro Arts’ carriageway by multi-disciplinary artist Alrey Batol.

The exciting event also includes Yum Chat, a day of conversation, connection, contemporary art and cups of tea on Sunday 21 February as part of Brisbane City Council’s BrisAsia Festival.
Offering everyone a chance to meet artists, including Michelle Law and Li Cunxin, and talk to them about their work in Australia, Asia, and beyond.

Don’t miss this incredible display of thought provoking art, installations, performance and discussion.

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