Drawing on the vast reservoir of Persian culture, Parastou Forouhar’s graceful imagery, exquisite patterns and elegant calligraphic installations often cloak experiences of pain and dislocation. In her ‘Written Room’ series, Forouhar covers the surfaces of gallery spaces with soft, rhythmic lines of Farsi script, recording memories, names and fragments of words. The writing loses its linguistic function, and the meanings of the words become secondary to their forms. The script comes alive in a play of colour, line and shape, its lyrical beauty complemented by the movements of gallery visitors, for whom Forouhar’s installations become a stage. Though the literal sense of the fragmented texts might be obscure, even to those familiar with the script, the movement of people through the space ensures that hints of its intimacy and power are retained. The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is QAGOMA's flagship international contemporary art event, and the only major exhibition series in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. APT7 continues the series' forward-thinking approach to questions of geography, history and culture and how these questions are explored through the work of contemporary artists. APT7 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the APT, presenting an opportunity to reflect on the unprecedented transformations that have occurred in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. BLOG: https://blog.qagoma.qld.gov.au/catego... WEBSITE: https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/about/o... Parastou Forouhar, Iran/Germany b.1962 / Written room 1999–ongoing / Synthetic polymer paint / Site-specific work for APT7 / Courtesy: The artist / © The artist The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) / Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Brisbane Australia / 8 Dec 2012 – 14 Apr 2013 Source: QAGOMA APT Archive