A video recording of the Perspectives:Asia seminar, ‘India’s Disappearing Railways’ seminar is now available on our Griffith Asia Institute YouTube channel.

Event photos [Photo credit: Mark Sherwood, courtesy of QAGOMA].


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Telling a story of his unique journey and love for the culture of India, Angus McDonald, photojournalist and travel writer spent three years compiling his final project: India’s Disappearing Railways. In this exquisite book, Angus captured the lives of those who ride, work, and live alongside the corners of India’s railways with his lens. Join Catherine Anderson, Editor of Angus McDonald’s India’s Disappearing Railways and curator of accompanying exhibitions, as she shares her insights and looks at the diversity of this vast and multi-layered country from the unique standpoint of the railways.

Catherine Anderson has a long history with the Indian sub-continent. She established NGO Kokonor in the Tibetan community of McLeod Ganj in the Western Himalayas (2005), and edited India’s Disappearing Railways (Carlton Books, 2014) and curated its accompanying exhibition in London, Sydney and Melbourne (2014-15). In 2014 she founded The Angus McDonald Trust, a health and welfare charity working in some of the most challenging regions of Burma. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and Geographical magazine, and is a Huffington Post contributor. Since 2010 she has been Chief of Staff to author, Afghanistan expert and British government minister Rory Stewart MP. Her first book, a memoir called The End of All Our Exploring will be published in February 2017. For her next book she plans to follow the journey of Victorian explorer George Ernest Morrison – ‘Morrison of Peking’ – from Shanghai to Yangon.

This event was held on 16 February 2017 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank.

Perspectives:Asia seminar series is a program of public seminars designed to explore issues of contemporary culture, politics and society in our region, while also fostering public discussion of Australia’s relations with Asia. The series now in its’ twelfth year is co-hosted by the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA) Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University.