After travelling through the art museums of Tokyo, Osaka and Singapore, the ever-evolving Time of Others exhibition has now opened at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said, “We are proud to be the final venue showing this exhibition drawn from the collections of these leading institutions and featuring artists from Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam”.

Collective and collaborative in its nature, Time of Others has been curated by four of the Asia-Pacific region’s leading museums and features 19 artists rooted in the region. This gives visitors the distinctive opportunity to view internationally renowned contemporary artworks from QAGOMA, contextualised by works from leading Asian art galleries.

Deriving from the Japanese idiom tanin no jikan, its title signifies courtesy and respect of another person’s time. Through exploring the dual concepts of ‘time’ and ‘difference’, and searching and surveying the cultures, histories and people existing in this diverse region, Time of Others has successfully created a platform from which to reflect on Asia-Pacific relations.

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Bruce Quek / The Hall of Mirrors: Asia-Pacific Report 2015 / Installation view, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2015 / Photograph: Kazuo Fukunaga / Image courtesy: The artist and the National Museum of Art, Osaka Collection of the artist / Copyright The artist.

Functioning as a meeting point instead of a melting pot, the multiple perspectives of Asia-Pacific are revealed, with their distinct opportunities, agendas and internal contradictions being showcased. Time of Others not only transforms our personal perceptions of ‘others’ into an ability and willingness to understand them, but also focuses on how impressions of difference and otherness are even constructed, conserved or challenged in contemporary societies. Time of Others transcends the borders of several Asia-Pacific regions symbolically and literally, revealing that otherness is not a force of division, but rather a source of renewal, a source through which we can develop a genuine understanding of differences and dimensions.

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Jonathan Jones / lumination fall wall weave 2006 / The Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award 2006 (winning entry) / Purchased 2006 with funds from Xstrata Coal through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Bruce Quek’s Hall of Mirrors: Asia Pacific Report (a room of 24 clocks keyed to denote the time of an identifiable Asia Pacfic social or ecological tragedy) and QAGOMA’s Jonathan Jones’ Lumination Fall Wall Weave (a poetic woven light installation) are just some of the highlights on display.

Featured Image caption “An-My Le / Patient Admission, US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy, Vietnam (from ‘Events Ashore’ series) 2010 / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2011 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / Copyright The artist”

Words by Raashi Agarwal
Images via Queensland Art Gallery