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ArtAsiaPacific Mar/Apr 2017

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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rebels with causes

No one knew what to expect when Donald J. Trump assumed the most powerful job in the United States. Even cynical observers had doubted that the US president would stick to the election platform of fear and bigotry that landed him in the White House. But the reaction from around the world—namely, the Women’s Marches across the US on January 21, and from governments as remote as Indonesia criticizing his executive ban against seven Muslim-majority countries—is evidence that there is committed resistance to Trump’s extreme agenda. Both politicians and ordinary citizens have shown peaceful opposition to the growing threat of ultra-nationalistic isolationism. In the March/April issue of ArtAsiaPacific, the editors consider artistic forms of nonviolent resistance to traditionalism, political regression and social intolerance. We begin with the cover Feature on the…

art should remain free

To the Editors: Freedom of speech is on a steady decline around the globe. Everywhere, fears—as well as increased instrumentalization of these fears—are spreading, fueling more cases of censorship and self-censorship. In Hong Kong, erosion of freedom of speech is also an issue on the rise. Within this very tense context, and following the essay “Only Numbers” by Man Ching-Ying Phoebe (published in AAP Issue 101 Nov/Dec, 2016) I would like to reiterate the reasons why I decided to withdraw an artwork from the “Human Vibrations” festival last May in Hong Kong. It is indeed essential for me to insist that this decision had nothing to do with the artwork’s content, and thus did not represent any censorship. This decision was made in order to condemn the unprofessional attitude of the…


ADRIAN CHENG Adrian Cheng is the founder of K11 and the K11 Art Foundation (KAF). Since KAF’s inception in 2010, Adrian has spearheaded numerous collaborations with international institutions, including Serpentine Galleries, the New Museum and Palais de Tokyo. He is a trustee of MoMA PS1, the Public Art Fund, the Royal Academy of Arts and sits on the boards of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and M+. (See THE POINT) JYOTI DHAR Jyoti Dhar is a contributing editor for AAP and Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia. Previously, she was editor of Sarai-CSDS’s “City as Studio” and a critic-in-residence with Khoj, both in Delhi. She was also a curator with the Dubai International Finance Centre and a forum fellow at Art Dubai. In 2014, Dhar was named Forbes India’s “Emerging Art Writer of the…

lantian xie on deepak unnikrishnan

DEEPAK UNNIKRISHNAN Temporary People 2017 Paperback anthology, 240 pages. Published by Restless Books, New York. Courtesy Lantian Xie. Deepak Unnikrishnan is a writer from Abu Dhabi whose work has fundamentally shaped the contours of my thinking, and whose ethics have taught me how to practice and how to belong. He is one of maybe six or seven people I imagine when I think of the people for whom I make things, and to whom those things are dedicated. We met—as kids from the Emirates often do— elsewhere: in Chicago, where we were both studying some years ago. Our first conversation lasted damn-near half a day, and in that conversation Deepak articulated affectionately the timbre and fictions of this place we call home, in a way that I had then only begun to find words for. In the…


For tourists, the small country of Georgia offers an inexpensive summer vacation. Getting to some of its prime locations, such as the beaches along the Black Sea or its ski slopes in the winter, is not easy. However, the country’s hospitality and cuisine culture is outstanding; you can find everywhere traditional cheese-filled khachapuri bread, Georgian wine and chacha, a strong pomace brandy. Geographically, Georgia lies between Russia and Turkey and is therefore a meeting ground for Christianity and Islam. The capital Tbilisi, once known as Tiflis, was also a vital nexus for the early 20th-century international avant-garde, who usually visited or lived in the city after stints in Paris, Moscow or St. Petersburg. However, by the 1930s Georgia had become part of the Soviet empire, and in the ’90s the country…

the blacklist

Shortly after her arrest in January, South Korea’s minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Cho Yoon-sun resigned from her post, becoming the first sitting minister in Korea to be taken into custody. The arrests came after Korean officials began investigations in December, probing the blacklisting of artists who criticized or opposed impeached president Park Geun-hye’s administration. On February 7, both Cho and Kim were formally charged with abuse of power and coercion. The controversial roster reportedly included more than 9,000 members of the country’s arts community—musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, actors, writers and other cultural figures—such as acclaimed film director Park Chan-wook, who directed the acclaimed neo-noir film Oldboy (2003), and author Han Kang, who won last year’s Man Booker International Prize for The Vegetarian (2007). In an effort to systematically sideline…