As one of Australia’s great storytellers, famed photographer and performance artist William Yang shares an intimate perspective on two communities with histories of life on the margins—Australian Aborigines and migrant Germans in South Australia. With arresting imagery and a wry sense of humor, “Shadows” is a moving story about the lives of “outsiders” told through the eyes of a gay Chinese Australian. As a compassionate witness, Yang employs a sensitive and voyeuristic approach in this work about two seemingly separate groups of people who share tragic histories of gross mistreatment in which they were interned, banished and demonized. Part social documentary and part personal observation, “Shadows” features Yang’s powerful photographs as he shares his personal stories of the ignored and dispossessed of Australia. Accompanied by Colin Offord’s haunting and lyrical music performed live. Recently voted one of the twenty-five most influential gay and lesbian Australians, Yang is well known for documenting the HIV epidemic and the rise of Australia’s gay community over the past three decades through his art and performances. (William Scott)
At the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, (312)280-2660. This production is now closed.