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Title

The St Marcillin Cheese Incident, from the series miscellaneous obsessions

2002


Artist

William Yang

Australia

1943 -


About

William Yang was born in North Queensland, a third generation Chinese-Australian. He is known both as a photographer and for his monologues with slides which he has presented around the world to great acclaim. One of these, Sadness 1992, was adapted for the screen by Tony Ayres and won AWGIEs amongst other awards. A major retrospective of Yang’s work, Diaries, was held at the State Library of NSW in 1998. Through April 24 - June 1, 2003 Yang presented all his monologues at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney.

Yang has documented various subcultures over the last 30 years and this is reflected in his photographs as well as his monologues. A remarkable storyteller with a unique style, his current work is a synthesis of his ongoing concerns. While these concerns spring very much from his experiences growing up with a Chinese background in far north Queensland, through to his exploration of the gay community in Sydney, the work transcends the personal and becomes a meditation on the subtleties of the ordinary and everyday.

This series of images reflects Yang’s current life of travel and contact with his far flung friends and extended family. Though the subject, at its most superficial, is food, where, when and who is there at the time is of equal importance. Consequently each photograph in the series presents a web of connections and is underpinned with similar intentions to Yang’s other work, regardless of the subject.


Details


Date

2002


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph


Edition

1/20


Dimensions

35.5 x 53.5 cm image; 40.5 x 58.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r.corner, black pen ".../... William Yang/ 2002 ...".


Credit

Gift of the artist 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

33.2003.8


Artist information

William Yang

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history