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Annual Professional Gathering 

7 December 2-5pm

featured speakers

Claire Roberts
Fairweather in China


Claire Roberts FAHA is an art historian and curator interested in modern and contemporary Chinese art and cultural flows between Australia and Asia. She is Associate Professor of Art History and Curatorship in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent books are Fairweather and China (2021), Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters, edited with John Thompson (2019), Photography and China (2013) and Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong (2010). Claire’s current ARC Future Fellowship research project titled ‘Reconfiguring the World. China. Art. Agency 1900s to Now’ focuses on the international context of modern and contemporary Chinese art. IMAGE Cover of Fairweather and China; Melbourne University Press, 2021

Nikki Lam & Phuong Ngo
Hyphenated Projects, Naarm Hyphenated Biennial


Nikki Lam is an artist, curator and producer based in Naarm. Working primarily with moving images, her work explores hybridity and memory through the contemplation on time, space and impermanence. Born in Hong Kong, Nikki has an expansive practice in writing, exhibition and festival making. She is currently Co-Director of Hyphenated Projects and Hyphenated Biennial, Curator-at-large of The Substation and a board member at NETS Victoria. She has been the Artistic Director of Channels video art festival, alongside many hybrid roles at ACMI, Next Wave and Footscray Community Arts. Nikki is a current PhD (Art) candidate at RMIT University.


Phuong Ngo is an artist and curator living and working in Naarm (Melbourne). He is currently co-director of Hyphenated Projects with Nikki Lam, and a PhD candidate at RMIT. His practice is concerned with the interpretation of history, memory and place, and how it impacts individual and collective identity. Through an archival process rooted in a conceptual practice, he seeks to find linkages between culture, politics and oral histories and historic events. Ngo’s collaborative practice with Hwafern Quach, SLIPPAGE, examines the cycles of history in conjunction with current geopolitical and economic issues through the lens of vernacular cultures, artifacts and language.

IMAGE: Hyphenated Projects Biennial logo, 2021

Tarun Nagesh
The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art: Navigating new futures

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Maryam Ayeen, Iran b.1985 & Abbas Shahsavar, Iran b. 1983, Fall in dopamine (detail) (2020-21). Gouache and watercolour on paper, ten pieces: 70 x 50cm (each). © The artists.

Courtesy & photograph: The artists

Tarun Nagesh is Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia. He is part of the lead curatorial team of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), and has worked on the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th editions. Tarun also regularly curates exhibitions outside of the APT for QAGOMA and oversees historical Asian Art collection and exhibitions. He is a regular contributor to journals and exhibition publications in Australia, is a state representative of the The Asian Arts Society of Australia, and a Board member of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane.

Event Schedule

2:00 - 2:10 pm — Introduction and Welcome

Dr Chaitanya Sambrani, Australian National University

2:10 - 2:40 pm — Dr Claire Roberts, The University of Melbourne
Fairweather and China


2:40 - 3:00 pm — Break


3:00 - 3:30 pm — Hyphenated Projects, Naarm

Hyphenated Biennial


3:30 - 3:50 pm — Break


3:50 - 4:20 pm — Tarun Nagesh, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art
The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art: Navigating new futures


4:20 - 5:00 pm — Discussion

Convened by the Australasian Network for Asian Art (an4aa) in conjunction with Asian Art Research at the University of Melbourne (AAR) and Asia: Innovation and Transformation at Australian National University (AIT) and the 2021 AAANZ Conference at the University of Sydney. This event is supported by the School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne and School of Art and Design, Australian National University.

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