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ArtAsiaPacific Almanac 2016

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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contributors

SHAWON AKAND is an artist, researcher and curator based in Dhaka. He is co-founder of Crack International Art Camp in Kushtia, and his publications include Dhakai Jamdani and Tendency of Modern Art in Bangladesh. ARIE AMAYA-AKKERMANS is an independent writer and critic currently based in Istanbul. His research deals primarily with contemporary art histories in the Middle East and political memory. MIRNA BAMIEH is an artist from Jerusalem currently based in Beirut. Her research interests address spaces of in-between temporality, which she approaches through deconstructing the burdened vocabulary of politics through sets of nonsensical acts, objects and relations. XHINGYU CHEN is a Shanghai-based author and independent art critic. Formerly the art editor for Time Out Shanghai, her writing has also been featured in Yishu and NuktaArt. Her book, Chinese Artists: New Media 1990…

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a productive decade

Welcome to the Almanac, ArtAsiaPacific’s compendium of the most significant art events of 2015 and a look ahead at what’s next, in 2016. In addition to spotlighting the 53 countries that constitute our active footprint, the Almanac extends to the rest of the world—wherever the artists of Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East work and wherever their work is shown, traded and critiqued. As the activity and influence of these artists have grown, so too has the Almanac’s remit. This year’s Almanac marks our 11th edition of this particular endeavor, ushering us into the second decade of this enormous project. What began as an effort to systematically track all artistic activity in the region and to map the dynamic networks being forged between neighbors, both near and far, has also…

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maladies of time and place

The names, dates, titles, locations, descriptions and statistics that fill every edition of the Almanac help us tell the stories of a year—but they are plainly not the story. So much of what defines a period of time is not what we have done, but what has happened beyond our immediate horizons, somewhere else, and maybe even long before. In early August, as we started planning Almanac 2016, I read that Svetlana Boym had died in Boston. A professor in Slavic languages at Harvard and a media artist herself, she is best known for The Future of Nostalgia (2001), a book whose title alone is so perfectly resonant of its central ideas. Writing eloquently and also personally as someone who was born in Soviet-era St. Petersburg in 1966, Boym formulates a…

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heat stroke

The United Nation’s Climate Change conference in Paris, held the first two weeks in December, was billed as our last chance to avoid global average temperatures increasing more than two degrees Celsius this century—the point at which scientists say will bring profound and deadly changes to humanity and entire ecosystems. While diplomats squabbled over how much more destruction they could do in the name of the corporations they represent back home, people everywhere are already living in a world under duress. And it’s not just due to the surge in horrific, unprecedented storms, floods, snows and winds, or the burning, acrid oceans and skies around us. The prospect of an international conflict breaking out over who will dictate the outcome of the Syrian Civil War and who will control the…

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extreme sensitivity

In politically tense times, artists are making their voices heard. At a press conference on October 27, the artist-and-scholar platform for political action, SAHMAT (Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust), issued an open letter signed by over 400 artists and scholars expressing concern on the sectarian politics of the ruling BJ Party, while beginning on August 31, students at the Delhi College of Art in India’s capital held a 24-day protest, calling for improvements—an updated curriculum, adequate furniture, new computers—as well as investigations into sexual harassment. The art community in India was shocked by news on December 13 that artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer had been found murdered in Mumbai. Last seen on the evening of Friday December 11 by their respective families, their bodies were discovered in the Kandivali neighborhood where…

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who’s the boss?

In the culture industry, big geographical moves are also leaps of faith. In May, Yongwoo Lee, founding director of the Gwangju Biennale, relocated to China to reinvigorate the Shanghai Himalayas Museum. Waving goodbye to the Merlion, Tan Boon Hui, former director of Singapore Art Museum, was named director of the Asia Society Museum in New York and vice president of its global arts and cultural programs. Also leaving Asia for New York was Yukie Kamiya, former chief curator at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, who became director of Japan Society Gallery in November. Clara Kim joined the Tate Modern as the Daskalopoulos Senior Curator in International Art (Africa, Asia and Middle East). And from Europe, former director of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art Bartomeu Marí has been appointed…

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