William Yang (Australia)

Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, UNSW Galleries, and White Bay Power Station.

William Yang‘s work is photo-based and has significantly contributed to the Australian photographic scene spanning over five decades. His photographic practice explores and is informed by political pressures and issues of sexual and cultural identity. Known for his reflective depictions of Australia’s queer scene in the late 1970s and 1980s, when he worked as a freelance photographer, Yang also began to do performances in the theatre using spoken word, slide projection and music in the late 80s. Though documentation of Sydney’s social life became his main artistic expression, Yang still has exhibitions and has made many films of his performance pieces. The story/narrative is present in many of his works. 

Presentation at the 24th Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous assistance from Simon Chan AM Art Atrium.