20 August 2023

Artists’ Syllabus: Ying Ang

Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St


Melbourne Art Library is delighted to welcome Ying Ang to lead our August Artists' Syllabus.

Artists’ Syllabus invites local artists to select and share a text that has been influential to their practice. By sharing selected passages, the artist will give unique insight into the significance of the text from their perspective. Through this exploration we will seek to discover the direct, tangential or unexpected ways the text has had an impact on the artists’ chosen discipline/s, creative process, and approach to presenting completed works. In group discussion, we will untangle the themes explored in the text and bring attention to those formative passages which sparked an ‘ah-ha moment’ or cemented in the mind. More broadly, we will get together to exchange our ideas (and our reading lists).

Ying Ang's selected text is Mothers as Makers of Death by Claudia Dey. With bonus readings The Quickening by Ying Ang, A Life’s Work: On becoming mother by Rachel Cusk, and Motherhood by Sheila Heti.

We'll be meeting at the Melbourne Art Library at the Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St, Melbourne from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm on Sunday, 20 August.

Supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

Image by Ying Ang.

Ying Ang is a Naarm/Melbourne-based photographer and author, most recognised for her award-winning documentary photography and artist books. Her work is collected by leading organisations, including the Victorian State Library and MoMA, New York. Ying is on the teaching faculty at the ICP in New York City and is the Director of Reflexions 2.0 – a photographic masterclass based in Europe – and Director / Curator at Le Space Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.

Ying's work can be viewed at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia as part of Melbourne Now; the Centre for Contemporary Photography; Monash Gallery of Art; and, within the pages of Time Magazine, The New Yorker and VICE.


12pm-5pm, Thursday-Sunday

Melbourne Art Library, Naarm
Testing Grounds Emporium,
438 Queen St,
Naarm / Melbourne VIC 3000
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