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Published on Oct 1, 2018
Neha Choksi’s single-channel video 'Leaf fall' 2008 documents an autumnal performance by a group of rural Indian actors. They denude a deciduous peepal or Bodhi tree by hand, leaving behind a single sprig. Throughout the video, members of the group move around a raw wooden scaffold and offer comments on their actions, speculating on how the process will change the tree’s environment. In this lyrical film, the near-stripped tree becomes a symbol of decay and renewal, part of a collective ritual that leaves behind a solitary leaf, soon to be lost among the new growth.
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.