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Yellah Fellah

Updated: 2014-07-10
By Li Kexin (chinadaily.com.cn)

Yi Ban Yi Ban, or Yellah Fellah, is an exhibition by three Australian contemporary artists who are exploring their mixed indigenous and Chinese heritage.
Gary Lee is a Larrakia artist and has Chinese heritage on both his mother’s and father’s sides with his ancestors coming from Guangzhou, Guangdong province. He visited Beijing and Shanghai in 2012 and took 30 portraits of Chinese men. By doing so, he wanted to show the audience that anybody can be beautiful.
Jason Wing is a Biripi on his mother’s side and Cantonese on his father’s. He stayed in Beigao Village in Beijing two years ago and made a street art project called “The Great Wall” about traditional culture dissemination due to urban growth and consumerism.
Sandra Hill, a Nyungar woman, talks about her family history.
The exhibition is going on until Aug 17 in the E9 Gallery of Guangzhou’s Redtory Art & Design Factory, an area similar to Beijing’s 798. It is managed by Cultural Partnerships Australia and assisted by the Australian Consulate-General in Guangzhou.
Curator Djon Mundine also gave a lecture on July 6 to introduce aboriginal art to the Chinese audience, celebrating the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week, or the NAIDOC Week.
In the following video clip, curator Djon Mundine gives an overview of the exhibition and artist Jason Wing shares the stories behind his artworks on display.

Video: Li Kexin (intern)

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