Yang, William, (b.1943), artist

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1943 (was birth date of)


William Yang is an Australian artist whose works explore issues of cultural and sexual identity, integrating this practice with writing, performance and film. As a third generation Australian-Chinese, his works also feature the retelling of histories of his family and friends. 

He was born in 1943, in Mareeba, Queensland. His early exhibitions recorded the emergent gay community and Sydney party scene of the 1970s and 1980s. In the mid-1980s, he began to explore his own heritage, which he felt had been lost to him by his assimilation into the Australian way of life. He also started to incorporated performance into his work through monologues and slide shows. He also began to document landscapes through photography both in Australia and on visits to China. 

William Yang has exhibited extensively across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. His work has won many awards and is held in art collections across Australia. 

His work has been shown at the Chinese Arts Centre as part of the Home exhibition in 2004. 





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