AAA Sharing Session: Bettina Fung / Sau Bin Yap / Sunil Shah
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AAA Sharing Session: Bettina Fung / Sau Bin Yap / Sunil Shah

Date/Time: 31 August 2018, 6.30-8.30pm Venue: Raven Row, 56 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS Please come and join Asia-Art-Activism’s second ever ‘Sharing Session’ at Raven Row, London. This month’s session will focus on practices including the curatorial, infra-structural, research driven and aesthetic. Artist Bettina Fung will present her interest in ‘lines, movement and connections’ and the idea … Continue reading

AAP: Review: Uganda Stories
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AAP: Review: Uganda Stories

Tucked within the Pitt Rivers Museum, founded in 1884 by archaeologist General Pitt Rivers and geared towards archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, is the modest Special Exhibitions gallery where “Uganda Stories” was installed. The show is Oxford-based artist and curator Sunil Shah’s personal artistic project that attempts to recover familial narratives of loss, while experimenting with … Continue reading

Launch: Asia-Art-Activism Research Network
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Launch: Asia-Art-Activism Research Network

Date/Time: 15 June 2018, 10.00-12.45 Friday Venue: Live Art Development Agency, The Garrett Centre, 117A Mansford Street, London E2 6LX The Asia-Art-Activism Research Network is a crossdisciplinary and intergenerational group of artists, curators, academics and writers investigating Asian art and activism in the UK. Taking into account the variegated representations of Asian diaspora, migrant and … Continue reading

Event Report: Annie Jael Kwan on A Stitch in Time? Situating David Medalla’s ‘Participation-Performance’ between British and Philippine Performance Art History
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Event Report: Annie Jael Kwan on A Stitch in Time? Situating David Medalla’s ‘Participation-Performance’ between British and Philippine Performance Art History

This report, commissioned by the Tate Research Centre: Asia, is a summary of a panel organised by Eva Bentcheva, independent art historian and curator, at Tate Modern on 21 November 2016. Entitled A Stitch in Time? Situating David Medalla’s ‘Participation-Production Performances’ between British and Philippine Performance Art History, this panel formed part of Contact Points: a seminar in which participants in the 2016 Tate Research Centre: Asia Visiting Fellowship Programme presented their research projects. Continue reading

Brothers in Art
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Brothers in Art

I first saw the Le Brothers’s large-scale three-channel video projection installation Into the Sea (2011) at the 2013 Singapore Biennale. The video featured the identical male twins in a series of beautifully filmed scenes set against the languid backdrop of the ocean. On one screen, the long-haired shirtless pair dig into the sand on a beach, and one buries the other in the sand. Continue reading

Empire of Whom? How Tate Britain’s history of the British Empire marginalized perspectives of the colonized
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Empire of Whom? How Tate Britain’s history of the British Empire marginalized perspectives of the colonized

The title of the Tate Britain exhibition “Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past” overstated the reach of the actual show. Held from November 2015 until April 2016 and curated by Alison Smith, David Blayney Brown, Carol Jacobi and Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, experts in Brtish art from the late 18th century to the 20th century, “Artist and Empire” featured 200 selected objects, drawn exclusively from British collections and spanning different historical genres such as maps, heroic paintings, collectibles, portraiture and the artworks made in response to the aftermath of empire. The curatorial description in the visitor’s booklet invited the audience “to consider how [the artworks’] status and meaning change over time. In reflecting imperial narratives and postcolonial re-evaluations, [the exhibition] foregrounds the peoples, dramas and tragedies of Empire and their resonance in art today.” Continue reading