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ArtAsiaPacific 107 (Mar/Apr 2018)

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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elemental forces

While governments big and small seem to be treading water, writhing in the muck of infighting, the art world is busy and active, creating changes in perception in the lives of those whom it reaches. In ArtAsiaPacific’s March/April issue, we look at the varied ways in which artists have reconciled fundamental beliefs from the past with the material world of the present, prodding—sometimes even predicting—what tomorrow’s world offers. Our cover Feature chronicles the life and work of Kwok Mang-Ho (also known as Frog King), whose early experimentation in performance and installation art in the 1970s informed a generation of contemporary Hong Kong artists. AAP managing editor Ysabelle Cheung explains that the 70-year-old artist, who was active in the heady New York art scene of the 1980s, and later represented Hong Kong…

women speak out

In light of the recent sexual harassment scandals surfacing in the art world, ArtAsiaPacific asked female artists whose work appear on past covers about their own experiences with sexism in the workplace, how issues of gender parity manifest in their practice and what steps can be taken to dismantle patriarchy. Here are excerpts of the full statements we published on our website. KIM SOUN-GUI We have to change the mentality of people, society, politics and the ethics of culture. It is essential not to submit blindly to the ethical and moral rulers of the civilizations of the past and also those of, regrettably, the current. For that purpose, it is necessary, at first, to be strong. We should not cry but must be stronger, better and make efforts to command respect. REKHA RODWITTIYA I…


BROOK ANDREW Brook Andrew is a Melbourne-based interdisciplinary artist who challenges dominant narratives associated with colonialism and modernist histories through museum and archival interventions. He is represented by galleries in Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and Brussels, and has exhibited worldwide. In 2018, he will present a new commission, What’s Left Behind, at the 21st Biennale of Sydney. (See ONE ON ONE) DAVID FRAZIER David Frazier has lived in Taipei since 1995, and writes on art, music and culture. He is co-founder and program director of the Urban Nomad Film Fest and the Taiwan desk editor for ArtAsiaPacific. (See ESSAYS) CHRISTINE SUN KIM Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound in performance and drawing to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment. Her works and performances have been exhibited at White Space, Beijing; De Appel,…

brook andrew on jimmie durham

I first met Jimmie in Berlin in 2012. He took me to lunch. His energy was written across his smile and deep in his eyes. We spoke about “Taboo,” a show that I was curating for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney, and I invited him to take part in the exhibition. His idea was to show a photograph of a child kneeling before a priest—the latter’s role was filled by his assistant—with a neon sign reading “the flesh of Jesus.” The visit was brief. He paid for lunch. It was a whirlwind trip that seeded my deep fascination with and respect for his steadfast ideologies, passions and practice. Emails bounce back and forth between us; he only writes in lower case. I watch Jimmie through his work, which…

phnom penh

Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh was, up until April 1975, known as the “Pearl of Asia.” Under the administration of Sangkum Reastr Niyum—a political organization founded in 1955 by the late Norodom Sihanouk—the capital and country thrived and enjoyed a brief moment of cultural affluence. For many, this was the golden age of Cambodia: an era of innovation and creation for architecture, cinema, music, as well as visual and performing arts. The rise of the Khmer Rouge (KR) abruptly ended this growth. The storming and capturing of Phnom Penh by the communist forces of KR in 1975 marked the beginning of “Year Zero,” a period of genocidal massacre and racial purification. Four decades later, after having escaped near-death destruction, the city is slowly regaining its status as a vibrant region. In terms…

palestinian cultural figure and activist detained

The repercussions to these actions can be extreme, however. On January 9, 2018, Palestinian artist and community organizer Mohammed “Habshe” Yossef experienced firsthand how the Israeli military suppresses dissent. That morning, the Israeli military conducted a predawn raid on Yossef’s residence in Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp, where he lives with his wife and three children. The artist was taken from his home to an Israeli detention facility, Ofer Prison, located south of Ramallah in the West Bank. Yossef was charged with “incitement on social media.” After nearly a week of detainment and interrogation, the military court dismissed the charge against him and he was released from Ofer. Yossef is involved with the art and activist collective MTL+ and residency program Decolonize This Place, the latter of which raises awareness for a free…