Date: Thursday, 26 November, 2020
Time: 4.00 - 5.00 pm AEDT
Live event via ZOOM
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In 1988 a Chinese artist named Zhou Xiaoping came to Australia for his solo exhibition in Melbourne. Then he took a trip to Alice Spring. Travelling alone to Uluru, he got lost in the desert on a scorching day with the temperature as high as 50°C. Miraculously, he was rescued by three Aboriginal boys. That adventure marked the beginning of Xiaoping’s 30-year journey of living with and learning from Aboriginal people and artists. His special bond and friendships with artists Jimmy Pike and Johnny Bulunbulun saw to their collaborative art exhibitions in China and in Australia. Not only has Xiaoping developed a deep understanding of and respect for Aboriginal traditions and beliefs, he shares their love for unobstructed connections with nature and the simplicity of life. Today Zhou Xiaoping is a highly accomplished and critically acclaimed artist with a distinctive style, marked by a unique fusion of Chinese, Aboriginal and Anglo-Australian arts and traditions.
In this conversation, the artist will share his extraordinary experiences in his artistic journey from China to Arnhem Land - a journey of sheer courage, resilience and determination. Following the conversation, there will be a live Q&A.
Zhou Xiaoping is a Melbourne-based artist and curator, born and educated in China. Since 1988 he has been actively engaged with Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land and the Kimberley. He has created a unique artistic style by incorporating his new Aboriginal experiences into the traditional Chinese classic painting that he had learnt in China. Chinese and Aboriginal arts and cultures meet in his artworks, generating a new aesthetic while telling his story. The international award-winning documentary film “Ochre and Ink” which tells his over 20 years’ artistic experience in Australia, was broadcast on ABC Australia in 2012. Zhou Xiaoping is the first man who has introduced Australian Aboriginal art to China.
Catalogue signed by the artist