Beyond the self: Contemporary portraiture from Asia

03 August – 30 September 2012

The use and manipulation of the artist’s own image has become prevalent in contemporary art across the Asian region: Beyond the self: Contemporary portraiture from Asia explores the representation of the self in current South and Southeast Asian visual art practice.

The contemporary world for these artists is one of increased global awareness, mobility and altered economic and technological possibilities, providing the impetus to use self-portraiture to navigate between new and existing cultural boundaries, and challenge traditional positioning of identity.

Bringing together painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation and media works, Beyond the self looks at the transformative possibility of portraiture through art from the early 2000s to the present, created by artists from Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Education resource (PDF file, 1.2mb) (opens in a new window)

Media release (PDF file, 360kb) (opens in a new window)

Australian Government, National Collecting Institutions Touring & Outreach Program  National Portrait Gallery Ernst & Young 

OzAsia Festival 2012Australia Indonesia Institute, Australian Government Initiative