Asia Art Archives Fall Newsletter

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Tuesday 23 September, 7-8:30pm
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Walid Raad is visiting Hong Kong as part of Asia Art Archive’s 2014 artist-in-residence programme. During21-28 September, Raad will meet with various individuals, organisations and institutions in Hong Kong to extend his research interests. Raad’s residency will also include an artist talk on 23 September. In his talk, Walid Raad will introduce his two ongoing, long-term projects. In The Atlas Group (1989-2004), Raad explores various historical and imaginary episodes from the Lebanese wars of the past few decades. In Scratching on Things I Could Disavow (2007-present), Raad focuses on the history of Islamic, modern and contemporary Arab Art, and the growing infrastructures for the arts emerging in Arab cities such as Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Beirut.

Spring Workshop,
3/F Remex Centre,
42 Wong Chuk Hang Road,
Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Preview : 11-14 November
Preview Opening Reception: 11 November, 6-8pm
Auction: 15 November

As the largest fundraising event of the year, the Annual Fundraiser Auction is an essential source of support for Asia Art Archive’s operations, programmes and endowment. In collaboration with auction partner, Christie’s Hong Kong, an auction preview will take place from 11-13 November with the gala dinner and auction on 15 November. More information to be announced in October. For enquiries, kindly

Christie’s Hong Kong,
18th Floor, Alexandra House,
18 Chater Road Central, Hong Kong

AAA is pleased to announce Chen Shuxia as the recipient of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Curatorial Residency Programme 2014. Awarded for her proposal From Socialist Realism to Social Reality: April Photo Society, 1976-1989, Shuxia’s project aims to develop an exhibition examining the transition in Chinese photography from Mao era’s Socialist Realism to a humanistic concern for social reality during the 1980s. Shuxia is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University.

Considering the universality of song as an expression of resistance, AAA invited Sumangala Damodaran, Pritam Ghosal, Mark Aranha, Neelambari Bhattacharya, Billy from ‘mininoise’, a grassroots folk band in Hong Kong, and Simon Hui from the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble to perform a concert featuring songs from India’s anti-colonial and post-colonial resistance movements. The songs, in six Indian languages, have been archived and interpreted by Damodaran, and belong to the tradition of the Indian People’s Theatre Association. The songs cover important historical events like the Second World War and the Bengal Famine, and reflect impulses and influences from various Indian, world musical, and poetry traditions.

AAA Chairman of the board Jane DeBevoise publishes new book Between State and Market: Chinese Contemporary Art in the Post-Mao Era examining ‘the shift in the system of support for contemporary art in China between 1979 and 1993, from state patronage to the introduction of the market, and the hybrid space that developed in between.

In collaboration with Art Asia Pacific the Burger Collection opens its doors to reveal the artists they represent and some of the subject-matters that concern and inform the collection. The third edition of the series looks at performative and time based works in the practices of Titus Kaphar, Wong Wai Yim, Lau Ching Ping, Choi Yan-Chi, Florian Germann, Vittorio Santoro and Fiona Banner.

Opening Reception: 5 September, 6-8pm

Chinese ink artist Shen Aiqi only decided to show his work publically after his 70th birthday three years ago; however, he has spent a lifetime mastering his skills, immersing himself in the study of the ‘six cannons’ of Chinese art during his apprenticeship with the great Hubei master, Xu Song’an. Now showing for the first time in Hong Kong, Painting with Qi, curated by Professor Pi Daojian, brings together large-scale works of ink on paper that explore the artists relationship with nature and the process of expressing these life forces through painting.

Hanart TZ Gallery,
401 Pedder Building,
12 Pedder Street,
Central, Hong Kong

Opening Reception: 5 September, 6 pm

Members of newly formed Hong Kong based internet artist collective Shampoo Whatever have come together with an ambitious goal of exhibiting works bi-monthly in spaces around the city. Drawing and appropriating freely from jpegs and moving images circulating in the World Wide Web across platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, the first of many shows performs and plays to the oversaturation and stimulation of information in the digital realm. The collective is made up of five artists including Dylan DeRose, Edward Dowsett, Lam Hoi Sin, Mak Ying Tung and Eason Page.

Unit 4, 8/F, Block A,
Wah Luen Industrial Building,
Wong Chuk Yeung Street,
Fotan, Hong Kong

Opening Reception:  6 September, 4-6pm

Known for his 1980 photographic series The Last Resort which depicts the neglected but once luxurious British seaside resort of New Brighton and its visitors, photographer Martin Parr has since turned his famed lens to document the subjects of Hong Kong. Commissioned by Blindspot Gallery, the new seriesHong Kong will be exhibited alongside selections of his past iconic series looking at Parr’s satirical and humourous social documentary on modern life.

An art book titled Hong Kong Parr will be launched at the opening with a book signing. In addition, a public talk on Parr’s work will be held on 7 September at Hong Kong Central Library in collaboration with the Hong Kong International Photo Festival (HKIPF).

Blindspot Gallery,
15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building,
28 Wong Chuk Hang Road,
Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

Opening Reception: 6 September, 6-8pm

Marking the last exhibition to be presented at 4 Po Yan Street before Parasite relocates, Hong Kong artist Kwan Sheung Chi will stage a sit in—memorial style—for a 24-hour residence. Taking full advantage of the organisation’s departure from the location, the ground floor façade will be extracted: the only physical artwork to be exhibited in the space at the start, and a single vial of Kwan’s blood—all while Kwan is ‘governed by a set of self-imposed [Vampireque] rules pertaining to his living and eating habits’. Curated by Qinyi Lim, the exhibition will examine ‘several enquiries central to Kwan’s practice such as the growing professionalization of artists in Hong Kong, the role of the artist under such capitalistic circumstances and the commercial value of immaterial labor’.

Bid farewell to their space and join Kwan and the community throughout the week for a series of intimate and informal nightly sessions of open studios which will discuss everything from the independent art scene and the condition of contemporary artists to Para Site’s established history.

Para Site,
4 Po Yan Street,
Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong

Opening Reception: 10 September, 6pm

American painter and sculpture Larry Bell began his experimentation with geometric forms and unusual materials during his time at Chouinard Art Insititute in Los Angeles in the early 1960s and has since built a career and practice around his playful enquiries into the nature of surface and its relationship to space. In his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Light and Redwill show new paintings and sculpture works stemming from his obsession with mirrored glass and its disorientating effects. Bell’s works are included in major collections such as the Guggenhiem Museum (New York) and the Tate Gallery (London).

White Cube,
50 Connaught Road,
Central, Hong Kong

Opening Reception: 13 September, 6-8pm

A dash of LA cool comes to Hong Kong with a show of new works by American artist Sterling Ruby. Exhibiting a suite of new ‘spray paintings in vibrant, fluorescent pink palettes’ inspired by the ever-shifting ‘multi-hued Los Angeles skies that he encounters en route to his studio’, Ruby presents Vivids—an observation on these ‘yielding horizon lines that transform the urban sprawl into a meditative celestial plane’. Ruby’s works will also be shown in the upcoming 2014 Gwangju and Taipei Biennales, as well as in the group show The Los Angeles Project, which is set to open in tandem at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing on 13 September.

7/F Pedder Building,
12 Pedder Street,
Central, Hong Kong

Opening Reception: 17 September, 6- 8pm

A member of the first post-apartheid generation, South African multimedia artist Robin Rhode’ playful and spontaneous photographic works incorporate the figure in an environment of found objects and imaginary wall murals, drawing on the histories of desolate urban settings as a reference to his upbringing while pointing to broader universal ideas of desire, luxury and the influx of consumerism into South African society. In addition to a selection of photographic works and wall drawings, Rhode will premiere a new animation created specifically for his Hong Kong exhibition.

An artist talk will also take place on 16 September atDuddell’s, to register please

Lehman Maupin,
407 Pedder Building,
12 Pedder Street,
Central, Hong Kong

Opening Reception: 19 September, 6-8pm

As an up-and-coming young artistic talent from Beijing, Xie Molin is one of many who believes that painting is indeed dead. Discarding the more traditional of painterly tools in favor of a homemade painting machine that renders the brush technically useless, Xie creates abstract expressionist paintings visually akin to that of his western predecessors, Rothko and Judd. Exhibiting for the first time in Hong Kong with Pace Gallery, Xie will show a series of these ‘intricate, organised, abstract paintings’.

Pace Gallery,
15C Entertainment Building,
30 Queens Road Central,
Hong Kong

Opening reception: 25 September, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Often masked by his trademark amphibian eyeglasses, Kwok Mang-Ho, also fondly known as ‘Frog King’, has produced numerous performances, installations, sculptures, paintings and photography over his 40-year career, immersing viewers into a world where art and life are blurred. Curated by Valerie C. Doran, TOTEM will transform the exterior and interior spaces of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery into ‘a layered environment of art (and of realms) that both showcases Frog King’s vibrant installation and performance work and at the same time reveal a deeper stillness at the heart of the artist’s expressive life.’

10 Chancery Lane Gallery,
10 Chancery Lane,
Central, Hong Kong

Viewing: 2–4 October, 10am–5.30pm
5 October, 10am–1pm

Christie’s Hong Kong’s mid-season auction teams up two global initiatives in the presentation of over 70 works of art. Asia+ aims to cover the length and breadth of Asian art offering works by 20th century artists such as Gungzhong, Zao Wou-ki and Kazuo Shiraga, alongside their contemporaries Yayoi Kusama, Nam June Paik and Liu Ye. The new auction platform will also present works from contemporary artist such as Andrea Gursky, George Condo and Vik Muniz with First Open.

James Christie Room,
22nd Floor, Alexandra House,
18 Chater Road Central,
Hong Kong

The much anticipated 10th edition of the Gwangju Biennale opens this month with 35 new projects by 105 international artists from 36 countries. Curated by Jessica Morgan, curator of International Art at Tate Modern, London, the theme ‘Burning Down the House’, the title of a 1983 song by American band Talking Heads, will ‘explore the process of burning and transformation’—a nod to the rapid pace of economic change in Korea and the 1980s democratisation movement that gave the southern city of Gwangju its name. Considered by visitor numbers as the largest biennial art show in the world, seminal and new works are expected by Jeremy Deller, Ólafur Elíasson, Heman Chong, Shooshie Sulaiman, Carsten Höller and many more.

111 Biennale-r, yongbong-dong,
Buk-gu, Gwangju,

Best known for his publication Relational Aesthetics (1998) which coined the term and defined his curatorial practice, famed French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud and curator of the 2014 Taipei Biennale sets out once again to expand his theory. Titled The Great Acceleration the biennale theme will examine the idea of Anthropocene – the effects of human activities on our biosphere – and ‘how contemporary art expresses this new contract among human beings, animals, plants, machines, products and objects’. Expect to see works by over 52 international artists including Haegue Yang, Tetsumi Judo, Charles Avery and Pamela Rosenkranz.

Taipei Fine Arts Museum
No. 181, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd.,
Zhongshan Dist.,
Taipei City 10461, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Leap Magazine, August 2014

‘Home and Away’
TimeOut Hong Kong, 24 August 201

In Memoriam: Juliana Yasin

Juliana, Asia Art Archive researcher for Singapore between 2004 and 2006, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. As a visual and performance artist, curator, educator, active member of Plastique Kinetic Worms, the Artist Village, APAD, and participant of Gwangju Biennale and CP Open Biennale in Jakarta, she will be remembered for her significant involvement in the arts. She played a crucial role in spreading awareness of AAA’s work in Singapore and South East Asia in the early years of the organisation as one of our first researchers. She will be greatly missed, and we sincerely thank her for her contribution and generosity.