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The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - Cairns Re­gional Gallery COUN­TRY & WEST­ERN: LAND­SCAPE RE-IMAG­INED Un­til Novem­ber 13 Kick­Arts VANGHOUA AN­THONY VUE: PAJ KHOOM Un­til Novem­ber 19

Travers­ing the Aus­tralian land­scape over the past 25 years, through a dis­parate body of work by a sig­nif­i­cant group of 39 artists work­ing in var­i­ous me­dia, Coun­try & West­ern reaf­firms the im­pact land­scape ex­erts on the na­tional psy­che. In re­cent decades, the world has come to ac­cept in­dige­nous art as the au­then­tic, defin­ing im­age of the Aus­tralian land­scape – a land­scape fa­mously re-in­vig­o­rated by its orig­i­nal cus­to­di­ans. Paj Khoom sees the con­tem­po­rary trans­la­tion of Hmong tex­tile tra­di­tions into mixed me­dia works by artist Vanghoua An­thony Vue. Draw­ing from child­hood in­fat­u­a­tions with pop­u­lar cul­ture and mem­o­ries of his fa­ther’s DIY projects and trips to buy-back shops, Vue rein­vents tra­di­tional and mod­ern Hmong tex­tiles us­ing in­dus­trial ma­te­ri­als and pro­cesses, which de­part rad­i­cally from threads and fab­rics. Vue views this adap­ta­tion as driv­ing cul­tural in­no­va­tion – as­sist­ing in keep­ing tra­di­tions alive for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The works be­come po­tent acts of cul­tural re­silience through adop­tion, adap­ta­tion and dy­namic trans­for­ma­tion of Hmong tra­di­tions.

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