Arte y Arquitectura


117 (Mar/Apr 2020)

For over 20 years, ArtAsiaPacific has been at the forefront of the powerful creative forces that shape contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Covering the latest in contemporary visual culture, ArtAsiaPacific is published in Hong Kong, with over 30 editorial desks worldwide. Our annual issue, the Almanac, is an alphabetical tour d'horizon of the 67-odd countries covered in ArtAsiaPacific, spanning Afghanistan to Vietnam. The Almanac also invites influential art world figures to comment on the major cutural events that have shaped the past 12 months. Now also available on the iPhone!

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on the other side of fear

Often we don’t appreciate something until it’s gone. In the first two months of 2020, this cliché unfortunately rang true. With governments across Asia imposing quarantines and travel restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19, and art organizations canceling events and postponing exhibitions in line with the mandates of health authorities, free movement diminished along with the usual art-world assemblies, at fairs, auctions, and exhibition openings. Now, the questions of how else we might commune and what it means to share space with others are all the more pertinent. Our cover artist Yee I-Lann has long been engaged with these issues. Since the beginning of her career, she has examined how power shapes geographies and, in turn, how people relate to each other within a place. In late 2016, these concerns…

2 min.

EDITOR & PUBLISHER Elaine W. Ng DEPUTY EDITOR & DEPUTY PUBLISHER HG Masters MANAGING EDITOR Chloe Chu SENIOR EDITOR Don J. Cohn ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ophelia Lai NEWS & WEB EDITOR Lauren Long ASSISTANT EDITOR Pamela Wong COPY EDITOR Michael Lacoy EDITORIAL INTERNS Kylie Yeung, Yvonne Leung CHINESE TRANSLATORS Esther Chan, Lauren Long ART DIRECTOR Heesun Seo DESIGNER Tiffany Tam PHOTO EDITOR Esther Chan DESIGN INTERN Renee Li EDITORIAL DESKS AUCKLAND Vera Mey BEIJING Tom Mouna BEIRUT Nadia Christidi BERLIN Clara Tang BRISBANE Tim Riley Walsh DUBAI Kevin Jones GUANGZHOU Brady Ng HO CHI MINH CITY Ruben Luong HONG KONG SAR Karen Cheung KARACHI Durriya Kazi KUALA LUMPUR Beverly Yong LONDON Ned Carter Miles LOS ANGELES Jennifer S. Li MADRID Rebecca Close MANILA Marlyne Sahakian MEXICO CITY Larisa Escobedo MUMBAI Ranjit Hoskote NEW DELHI Deeksha Nath NEW YORK Paul Laster, Christopher Y. Lew, Mimi Wong PARIS Deepak Ananth PHNOM PENH Erin Gleeson SAN FRANCISCO Hanae Ko, Jessica Kraft SEOUL Andy St. Louis SHANGHAI Wei Hao Qi SINGAPORE Ho Rui An TAIPEI…

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LOUIS HO Louis Ho is an independent curator and critic. He was previously a curator at the Singapore Art Museum, and was a co-curator of the Singapore Biennale 2016. He has lectured at the National Institute of Education, Singapore, and has been a contributor to various journals and publications, including Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. (See REVIEWS) HOU HANRU Hou Hanru is a writer and curator based in Rome, Paris, and San Francisco. He has curated more than 100 exhibitions and festivals around the world. He is currently the artistic director of Rome’s MAXXI, and is an advisor for numerous cultural projects, including The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. (See FEATURES) TUAN ANDREW NGUYEN Through his multidisciplinary practice, Tuan Andrew Nguyen explores strategies of political resistance enacted…

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tuan andrew nguyen on daniel joseph martinez

“I CAN’T IMAGINE EVER WANTING TO BE WHITE.” Daniel Joseph Martinez will forever be known for this sequence of eight words, strategically split up and printed onto a series of admission badges for the 1993 Whitney Biennial. I consider Daniel a key mentor, who, in all his calmness, unleashed a sense of political urgency and agency that enabled me to consider what it means to have a practice invested in change. Choosing a life-path of art was one of the first transformations he effected in me. I entered the University of California at Irvine (UCI) in 1994 as a biology major. My goal was to become a doctor. I had been in California for about three years before my enrollment. The transition from the Midwest, where I had spent my teenage years,…

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Since the late 1980s, Berlin has been hailed as the artistic center of Germany. The city offers a high standard of living for its population, and, despite steady rent hikes, has been affordable compared to the rest of the country. These conditions have also attracted crowds of artists, curators, and cultural professionals from across the globe, who have, in turn, gradually cultivated platforms representing diverse communities, seeding the city’s thriving international arts scene of today. Berlin’s dynamism is reflected in its many artistic centers and programs, timed chiefly around two seasons. During Berlin Gallery Weekend in April, and Berlin Art Week in September, the city brims with performances and exhibitions. Another key event is the Berlin Biennial, which typically opens in June. Since its inception in 1998, the project has fostered…

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covid-19 forces delays and cancellations

The outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) from China’s Hubei province has compelled numerous cultural organizations across Asia to postpone or delay events. Art Basel and its parent company MCH Group announced on February 6 that the region’s biggest event of the season, Art Basel Hong Kong, scheduled to take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from March 19 to 21 with nearly 240 international galleries, was canceled. The Art Central fair, which typically runs concurrently at the Central Harbourfront with around 80 international galleries, also nixed its 2020 edition. Organizers of both events cited health and safety concerns for workers and guests, severe logistical challenges in mounting the fairs, and travel restrictions and quarantines. In cities across China, the coronavirus outbreak caused new museums…