In March, the Women’s History Month, Asia Art Archive (AAA) presents a series of programmes that celebrates women’s contributions in art. On 10 March 2018, AAA stages the annual talk series Hong Kong Conversations, with this year’s theme on the status and representation of women artists in Hong Kong since the 1960s. An exhibition will be on view at the AAA Library from 22 March to 30 June 2018, exploring the role of travel and movement in Indian artist, Nilima Sheikh’s practice. For Art Basel in Hong Kong, AAA showcases at booth P7 the programme Women Make Art History, bringing the first appearance of the Guerilla Girls in Asia. The artists’ new works on the situation of women in the Hong Kong art world will be on display, alongside highlights from AAA’s Collection. A Wiki edit-a-thon and a series of talks will be held at the booth to spotlight women art practitioners in Asia.
Hong Kong Conversations is an ongoing series of talks that considers Hong Kong's art ecology within a wider cultural and sociopolitical framework. Organised in collaboration with the New Hall Art Collection—a collection of modern and contemporary art by women at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge—the 2018 edition builds on existing and new research, and brings together artists, researchers, and art practitioners to discuss how the status and representation of women artists in Hong Kong have changed from the 1960s onwards. The event traces personal memories and discusses collection strategies in institutions to open up questions around women in art in the region. Speakers include Hong Kong artists Choi Yan Chi, Ho Sin Tung, and Jaffa Lam, Independent Researcher Phoebe Wong, Curator of the New Hall Art Collection Eliza Gluckman, Asia Art Archive Head of Research John Tain, and Lead Curator, Visual Art of M+ Pauline J. Yao. The talk will be held at Fringe Club on 10 March from 2:15–5:45pm.
The exhibition of Baroda-based artist Nilima Sheikh explores the role of movement and travel in Nilima Sheikh's practice. Based in Baroda, India, Sheikh has reflected on questions of tradition, historical lineage, national identity, and cosmopolitanism in Asia for over fifty years. On view at the AAA Library from 22 March onwards, the exhibition showcases photographs, videos, stencils, poems, folktales, letters, and the artist's own writings from her archive. A talk by Sheikh will be held at AAA on 29 March at 11am.
AAA’s booth at Art Basel in Hong Kong (27–31 March), Women Make Art History, seeks to provoke discussion about women in art. On the occasion of their first appearance in Asia, the Guerrilla Girls present new works that examine the status of women in the Hong Kong art world. Also on display is a selection of highlights from AAA’s Collection, comprising archival and library materials. Furthermore, the booth hosts a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on 30 March for women art practitioners in Asia, organised in collaboration with M+, West Kowloon Cultural District. The Guerrilla Girls will be present at Asia Art Archive’s booth at Art Basel on 27 March, and will host a series of workshops at the Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Conversations: Women in Art
Date and Time:
10 March 2018, 2:30–5:30pm
Fringe Underground, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
Exhibition and Artist Talk: Nilima Sheikh
22 March–30 June 2018
29 March 2018, 11am
Asia Art Archive Library, 11/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong