Celebrity talk: William Yang
A slideshow performance by the artist
Join artist William Yang for a slideshow performance with stories and eyewitness images from Sydney’s thrilling and turbulent gay scene from the 1970s until now.
Yang is one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, a prolific photographer and a performer of monologues with slide projections. His stories describe the experience of coming to terms with his identity as a gay Chinese Australian. Yang’s work presents a rich and celebratory visual record of this journey, from Gay Liberation in the seventies, to the emergence of the Mardi Gras and a gay subculture in the eighties, to AIDS in the nineties.
A display of Yang’s artwork is on view in the Australian galleries, coinciding with another Gallery exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium.
Image: William Yang Peter Tully, Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 1981 (detail) © William Yang