The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere is a collaboration between Perth-based artists Abdul Abdullah, Casey Ayres and Nathan Beard. Capitalising on their Asian-Australian heritages, the artists have created an embassy for a fictional pan-Asian empire, located in Federation Square. This Oriental embassy is the setting for a cultural program of live events, where various Eastern and Western influences are brought together and confused. As ambassadors for this faux-embassy, the artists investigate how multiculturalism operates in contemporary Australian society with humour, and personal reflections on how the work mirrors their own hybrid cultural experiences as Asian-Australians.

About the Artist

Abdul Abdullah (b. 1986) graduated in 2008 from Curtin University and has exhibited extensively within Australia. He was a finalist in the RBS Emerging Artist award (2011), and the Archibald prize (2011). Prizes include a Highly Commended in the NYSPP (2009) and the Blake Prize for Human Justice (2011).
Nathan Beard (b. 1987) is a multidisciplinary artist who completed a Bachelor of Arts (Art) with first class Honours in 2010 at Curtin University. His work has been shown at PICA’s Hatched National Graduate exhibition (2008), as well as in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Western Australia.
Casey Ayres (b. 1987) completed his Bachelor of Arts (Art) with first class Honours at Curtin University in 2010. His multidisciplinary practice has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Western Australia, and also in China at the Pingyao International Photography Festival.

Dates: 18-27 May (invite only opening ceremony Thursday, 17 May 6pm)

Location: NGV Studio, Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
(tram routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72, stop 13)

Times: Sunday-Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-10pm

For the full schedule of events and performance in the cultural program, see http://gacps.net/official-cultural-program

Ticket prices: Free

This event is also part of Day Pass 3, Day Pass 4 and Day Pass 5

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

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