Longform explorations of recent art in Asia, archives, art histories, urgent preoccupations, and other areas of interest

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The Wall of Blankness

Koel Chu examines how woodcut printmaking holds space for catharsis and nuanced narratives in uncertain times

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for those of us who cannot leave or stay—

Eunsong Kim interrogates the labour and material processes of aesthetics, and asks whether art and writing are even necessary

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On Art Education through the Story of Six Artists from China

Anthony Yung and Ozge Ersoy ask whether artistic attitude can be taught or passed down from one generation to another

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Past and Present Alternatives: Artist-Run Spaces in the Philippines

Ringo Bunoan reflects on the development of artist-run spaces in the Philippines, from the 1990s and beyond

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Public Appearance as Art as Protest as Event: Yoko Ono’s Events with John Lennon

SooJin Lee uses a Fluxus lens to consider Ono and Lennon's playful use of the public gaze

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You Are Here

Jennifer Deger on the limits of modernist cartographies, and how art and anthropology might speak to the environmental crises of our time

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The Thoughtful Dissemination and Archiving of Japanese Moving Image Works

Ann Adachi-Tasch reflects on her engagement with Japanese experimental moving image works of the 1950s to 1980s

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Hong Kong: A Curatorial Journey for an Identity

Oscar Ho narrates his shift from seeking a distinctive cultural identity for Hong Kong, to working to dismantle this very concept

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The International Student as a Term of Art

David Xu Borgonjon discusses the racial politics of art school recruitment, and its structural effects on contemporary art

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The Aesthetic Project of Remaking “Yellow” Identity

Mimi Wong explores the slippery notion of an "Asian aesthetic," and the many ways it can manifest in East Asian and diasporic art

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From Within the Fog

Trisha Low’s lyric ruminations on art writing, gestures of refusal, and the unresolvable desire for shared utopia amidst crisis and collapse

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Yellow Skin, White Gold

Anne Anlin Cheng reconsiders Asiatic femininity, racialised embodiment, and the confusion between persons and things

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Is It Socially Engaged Art?: The Debate over “Art Projects” in Japan

Yeung Tin Shui traces alternatives to Eurocentric conceptions of art projects in Japan

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Women, Handicrafts, and Entrepreneurship in the Postcolonial World

Annemari de Silva addresses the gendered and postcolonial valuations of "art" and "craft" in Sri Lanka

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Setting the Stage: Korean Women Artists on Performance and Beauty

So-Rim Lee examines how two emerging feminist artists stage and politicise a hair salon and a cosmetics store

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Line Form Colour Action

Chuong-Dai Vo uses Lee Wen’s notebooks to explore his work as performance and process

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Tomorrow Girls Troop: A Fourth-Wave Feminist Art Collective

Reflections on activism, gender equality, and visual representation in Japan from an emerging feminist art collective

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Ren Hang in the Global City

Nicholas Gamso considers Ren Hang’s engagement with urban space and queer body politics

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Motherhood, Motherland: Photography, Representation, and Agency of the Filipina Overseas Worker

Alice Sarmiento asks whether exhibitions and artist-led initiatives can change how we connect space, citizenship, and acts of caregiving

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Gendering Her Art: The Category of “Woman” in the Art History of Hong Kong

Christina Yuen Zi Chung looks at gender-themed art exhibitions and their relation to feminist discourse in Hong Kong

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