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Embrace_Cryus Tang


4 May 2024 – 28 Jul 2024

Affection is shown differently across cultures. In Embrace, Cyrus Tang explores the act of hugging within the Chinese cultural context. With its legacy of Confucianism, the physical embrace is seen as awkward or discomforting in China, though this is changing with younger generations.

In Embrace, Tang turns the common Australian greeting into a powerful ritual between herself and her family. The exhibition is a complex exploration of intimacy and affection that characterises many migrant experiences.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

Image Caption: Cyrus Tang. Embrace, 2024. Archival pigment print. Photographer: Cyrus Tang. Courtesy of the artist and Arc One Gallery

Gallery Details

Counihan Gallery in Brunswick
233 Sydney Road
Brunswick VIC 3056
T: 03 9389 8622
E: CounihanGallery@merri-bek.vic.gov.au
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Opening Hours
Wednesday to Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday:1pm – 5pm
Closed on public holidays and between exhibitions for installation.
Entry is Free.

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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