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Self Portrait #5

2008
William Yang and John Fukuda (assistant)

inkjet print, black ink on paper, edition 6/20 (image: 42.5 cm x 64.5 cm, frame: 66.0 cm x 85.5 cm)

William Yang is one of Australia’s most significant documentarians of

Australian queer history with a prolific arts practice spanning five

decades. He is known in particular for his archives of the Sydney

LGBTQIA+ community from the 1970s onwards, including the evolution of

the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and for photographic series

engaging with the impact of HIV/AIDS on his friends and community, as

well as his personal family history and relationships. Self Portrait #5 fits

into a larger body of photographic work that is characterised by the

use of text inscriptions and essentially traces a man rediscovering

himself. Oscillating between the public and private realms of Yang’s

life, this self portrait speaks to the inherent value and power of lived

experiences. Through the combination of visual and oral narratives, the

work reflects the artist’s self-acceptance and acknowledgment of

culture, heritage and celebration of self.

Purchased 2022
© William Yang

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Artist and subject

John Fukuda

William Yang (age 65 in 2008)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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