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continuum: Independent animation from Japan and Australia


February 18 – July 2, 2022

Discover the boundless possibilities of independent animation in continuum: Independent animation from Japan and Australia. This exhibition celebrates 15 vibrant and subtly subversive works of contemporary independent animation from filmmakers across Australia and Japan. The works featured in the collection seek to stand apart from mainstream animation, offering viewers a perspective into the unique forms of storytelling from each country. Connected by the concept of continuum as expressed through separate yet coalescing moments, these films tell us much about ourselves, often challenging long-held narratives surrounding our relationship to nature, history and each other.

continuum features recent video works from award-winning filmmakers including Kōji Yamamura and Jilli Rose, as well as remote indigenous media organisation PAW Media and social enterprise Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Presented alongside the collection of films are 3D objects, sketches and other media that document the laborious and intricate processes of animation production.

Curated by Deborah Szapiro (UTS) and Honami Yano (Nagoya University), this exhibition offers attendees a unique chance to explore the continuum of human connections, through untold and underrepresented narratives.

An event program featuring film screenings, workshops, talks and a catalogue launch will run in conjunction with the exhibition. 

Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney as part of Art Month Sydney 2022.

Exhibiting Artists
Cynthia Burke
Jonathan Daw
Jake Duczynski
Simon Japanangka Fisher (Jr.)
Anthony Lawrence
PAW Media
Ryōtaro Miyajima
Jilli Rose
Jelena Sinik
Shinobu Soejima
Nicholas Tory
Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Shane Jupurrurla White
Jason Japaljarri Woods
Kōji Yamamura
Honami Yano
Steffie Yee
Song Yungsung

For more information about the artists and curators, please click here.



February 18, 2022 (Friday)
Opening address at 6:30pm

Mon–Fri: 10am–6pm
Sat: 11am–4pm

*Extended hours from 6-8pm on Friday, March 18 for Art Month Sydney: Art at Night

Closed on Sundays, April 15-19, April 25, June 13

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008



(02) 8239 0055

Header image: Nicholas Tory in collaboration with Aunty Dot Martin and Phill Sullivan, Lifeblood, 2020. Lifeblood ©︎ 2021 Ample Projects


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