2 years ago

18 April, 2016

Linkway Room, Level 4 John Medley Building, The University of Melbourne Parkville

Organised by:
Art History Student Society

Join artist Zhou Xiaoping and ARC Future Fellow Claire Roberts in conversation, with a focus on Zhou’s practice in Indigenous Arnhem Land and Mutitjulu communities, and the rethinking of cultural exchange beyond the politics of identity. Light lunch and snacks provided.

Asian Art Dialogue (AAD) is an open collective for critical thinking and engagement with art from Asia. Based on the premise of inclusivity, AAD encourages a variety of voices to contribute to an evolving conversation that is responsive to contemporary happenings and socio-political contexts.


Zhou Xiaoping is a Melbourne-based artist, born and educated in China. Since 1988 he has been actively engaged with Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land and the Kimberley. Zhou's collaboration with Jimmy Pike resulted in the first exhibition of Aboriginal artwork in China, held at the National Gallery of China in 1999. His collaboration with Johnny Bulunbulun culminated in the 2011 travelling exhibition “Trepang, China & the story of Macassan-Aboriginal trade” displayed at the Capital Museum, Beijing and the Melbourne Museum, and the award-winning documentary film Ochre and Ink. Zhou has held 36 solo exhibitions worldwide, and has published two Chinese language books on his experiences with Aboriginal communities. Most recently he has worked on a mural project at Mutitjulu in Central Australia.

Claire Roberts is an historian of Chinese art and a curator specialising in modern and contemporary Chinese art and visual culture. She is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She was Senior Curator of Asian arts at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (1988-2010). Claire has published widely on Asian art and curated numerous exhibitions. Her most recent publications include: Yang Zhichao: Chinese Bible 1949-1999 (2015) and Photography and China (2013).