Under the Influence: Books that Inspire Artists

When Tue, 21–Sat, 25 Mar 2017
Where Booth P7, Bookstores and Institutions Area on Level 1 Concourse, Art Basel, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Language English, Chinese


Under the Influence: Books that Inspire Artists is a travelling library featuring one hundred titles, from across multiple genres, chosen by artists at the invitation of Asia Art Archive. For many art practitioners, reading is a starting point for their work, a process that permeates their practice. In this context, books have the potential to spark an artwork.
AAA asked participants to share personal stories related to their selections, thereby providing singular perspectives on these foundational texts. ‘Under the Influence’ debuts in AAA’s booth at Art Basel in Hong Kong, accompanied by events that engage with these distinctive materials. After the art fair, this travelling library will travel to secondary schools in Hong Kong, circulating these ideas to new audiences.

Complete Book List

Show & Tell: Artist Conversations

How does reading inform an artistic practice? Artists discuss the books they selected for ‘Under the Influence’ at the AAA booth and share how reading shapes their work.

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Yang Jiechang in conversation with AAA Researcher Anthony Yung on Guang Yizhou Shuangji by Kang Youwei

Rashid Rana in conversation with AAA Public Programmes Curator Ingrid Chu on his 15 Invitations project Present Elsewhere
Abigail Reynolds in conversation with AAA Managing Editor Doretta Lau on Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Zheng Bo in conversation with frieze Deputy Editor Amy Sherlock on Mao's War Against Nature by Judith Shapiro

Nadim Abbas and Cheong Kah Kit in conversation with AAA Researcher Michelle Wong on Dune by Frank Herbert and The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

Teacher Workshop: Artistic Practice and Knowledge Transfer

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How do artists seek knowledge, expand their perspectives, and engage with the contemporary world? To answer this question, AAA Educator-in-Residence Kurt Chan examines the books the artists chose for ‘Under the Influence’ alongside their work. He reveals how practitioners draw from books across multiple disciplines to inspire and enrich their art making.
Schools interested in applying for the travelling library are encouraged to register for this teacher workshop.

Presented by Asia Art Archive
Supported by Elaine & Anto Marden, Wendy Lee & Stephen Li, and Dee Poon
Design Partners: Open UU
Media Partners: frieze and Ran Dian

AAA is a Cultural Partner of Art Basel in Hong Kong for 2017. 

Learning and Participation Programme Sponsor:

Special thanks to all participating artists:

Nadim Abbas
Nazgol Ansarinia
Rasheed Araeen
Au Sow-Yee
Dilara Begum
Jyoti Bhatt
Ben Cabrera
Muhanned Cader 
Cao Fei
Kurt Chan
Chen Tong
Gum Cheng
Cheong Kah Kit
Clara Cheung
Cheung Szelit
Ching Chin Wai Luke
Stephanie Choi
Choi Yan Chi
Heman Chong
Almond Chu
Tyler Coburn
Cui Jie
Iftikhar Dadi
Anju Dodiya
Heri Dono
Fang Lu
Feng Yuan
Silas Fong 
Fung Ming Chip
Barbad Golshiri
Shilpa Gupta
Zarina Hashmi
Pablo Helguera
Ho Sin Tung
Ho Tzu Nyen
Hon Chi Fun
Hu Fang
Ip Yuk Yiu
Kan Xuan
Koh Nguang How
Frog King Kwok
Elva Lai
Sunday Lai
Lee Bul
Lee Kai Chung
Lee Mingwei
Leung Mee Ping
Michael Leung
Marysia Lewandowska
Lin Yilin
Liu Jianhua
Mak Ying Tung
Dhali Al Mamoon
MAP Office
Cedric Maridet
Naeem Mohaiemen
Pushpamala N
Varsha Nair
Kingsley Ng
Robert O'Brien
Beatrix Pang
Rakhi Peswani
Sopheap Pich
Po Po
Vivian Poon
Farid Rakun
Shubigi Rao
Abigail Reynolds  
Arin Rungjang
Inder Salim
Seher Shah
Gulammohammed Sheikh
Shi Yong
Shahzia Sikander
Dayanita Singh
Slavs and Tatars
Angela Su
Sutthirat Supaparinya
Tang Kwok Hin
Wei Leng Tay
Tsai Charwei
Tsang Kin-Wah
R. Vaidehi 
Hajra Waheed
Wang Youshen
Wen Yau
Sampson Wong
Wong Wai Yin
Tintin Wulia
Xie Lantian
Yang Jiechang
Yang Jun
Ricky Yeung
Trevor Yeung
Maline Yim
Tomoko Yoneda
Samson Young
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
Zhan Wang
Zheng Bo
Zhuang Wubin 

Image: Courtesy of Zarina Hashmi.
Image: Courtesy of Michael Leung.
Image: Courtesy of Lantian Xie.
Image: An invitation from AAA to artists to participate in ‘Under the Influence’.
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