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An image of Names by William Yang

William Yang

(Australia 1943 – )

Title
Names
Year
1992
printed circa 1996
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
2 gelatin silver photograph, with handwritten text in gold ink
Edition
2/10
Dimensions

2 photographs each: 34.0 x 43.0 cm image; 78.5 x 104.6 x 4.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., gold ink "...WILLIAM YANG. 1992...".
Credit
Purchased 1997
Accession number
195.1997
Copyright
© William Yang
Location
Not on display
Further information

William Yang has documented the gay scene in Sydney since the 1970s. At this time many were celebrating new-found freedom, greater acceptance in society and the start of the Mardi Gras parades.

In these images from the 1990s Yang investigates the impact of AIDS on his friends and community, as well as the broader social implications of the disease. The works act as memorials which acknowledge both individual fears, the illnesses that AIDS and HIV bring, the repercussions on the gay community, and the importance of public displays of recognition and remembrance.

Bibliography (1)

Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (3)

Friends of Dorothy, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, 02 Feb 1997–01 Mar 1997

William Yang - Dairies: A Retrospective exhibition, 25 years of social, personal and landscape photography., State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Jan 1998–26 Apr 1998

Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006