To Be Human – Auslan Interpreted Tour

Join QUT Galleries and Museums Engagement Officer, Renae Belton on a tour of Ken + Julia Yonetani: To Be Human at QUT Art Museum.

An accredited Auslan interpreter will accompany this tour for our Deaf community.

Working together since 2008, the artists have built a collaborative practice that unearths and visualises hidden connections between people and their environment. Responding to environmental degradation and global economic systems, their work addresses coral bleaching, increasing salinity levels, nuclear energy, and, most recently, the microbiome.

The artist duo is known for their use of unusual materials, such as salt, sugar and uranium glass, to create awe-inspiring, large-scale installations. This focused exhibition will bring together works from Australian and international collections, including their major installation from the 2009 Venice Biennale.

The exhibition draws its name from a new essay by Japanese novelist Taguchi Randy, which features in the accompanying 120-page bilingual publication. Taguchi’s text offers an abstract meditation on the Yonetanis’ most recent body of work, contemplating the human condition, and our place in the ecosystem. In the midst of a climate crisis, a global energy shortage, nuclear escalation, and the ongoing pandemic, Ken + Julia Yonetani’s work holds increased relevance, and highlights the cognitive dissonance necessary to exist in a world in which human ambition is at odds with our survival.

Image credit: Ken and Julia YONETANI, Three Wishes (detail) 2014, glass figurine, butterfly specimen, glass dome, music box. Photo by Catherine Brossais. ©︎ Ken + Julia Yonetani. Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery.

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QUT Art Museum


7 August 2022


10AM - 11AM