Artist John Young Zerunge invites us on a journey into the lives of remarkable characters that were part of the Chinese diaspora in Australia from the 1840s onward. Reimagined memories of the local Chinese elite, abject madmen and fearless women are distilled into large-scale installations of chalk drawings, photographs, video works and paintings.

A culmination of three recent History Projects by the artist, exploring the ways in which humans are fundamentally interconnected cultural beings, this exhibition brings to the surface the stories of many overlooked, important events in Chinese-Australian history over the last 180 years. 

The Lives of Celestials was a solo exhibition by artist John Young Zerunge on display at Town Hall Gallery from 31 August to 20 October 2019.

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