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

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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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On Ha Bik Chuen: Collection and Collage

Leo Li Chen explores how Ha Bik Chuen’s collection opens up new ways to understand Hong Kong art history

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Notes on the "Vernacular" Milieus of Art Writing

Sneha Ragavan questions the dominance of English in India’s art historiography and criticism

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Practicing Friendship: Respecting Time as a Curator

Zoe Butt considers the significance of friendships for artistic languages and forms

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17 Lost Art Exhibitions

Jack Persekian documents a global pattern of loss for Palestinian art

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Clare Butcher on reconstructing the histories of the dehistoricised

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Elision, Excess, Parody, Disavowal: Justine Frank in the Museum

Roee Rosen discusses the challenge of allowing fiction to overwhelm through its excess

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In Defence of the Art Mall

Seth Denizen explores the art in art malls and competing claims to public spaces

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Notes from the Field: Navigating the Afterlife of The Other Story

Rasheed Araeen's critical challenge to art historical narratives through art curation

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Publics, Histories, Value: The Changing Stakes of Exhibitions

Note from the Editors

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Sites of Construction and Political Dissent: Central Asia Pavilions in Venice 2005–2013

Georgy Mamedov provides a critical overview of the politico-economical context of Central Asian art history

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The Problems of Digital Utopia: Young Hae-Chang Heavy Industries on the Web

Ahyoung Yoo discusses the playful masking and unmasking of potential digital utopias

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The Unsettled Pleasures of Viewing: Exhibition as a Meeting Point Between Our Bodies and Artwork

Biljana Ciric discusses images as intimate, fragmented readings of exhibition experiences

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Art Writing and Its Circulation: Three Moments in Hong Kong

Michelle Wong looks at three instances of art writing and their relationship with Hong Kong

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A Short Story of Bagyi Aung Soe in Five Images

Yin Ker discusses the transformation of desire through meditation on desire

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Atlas of Asia Art Archive

Map Office explores how Asia is a point of arrival and departure

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Contemporary Asian Art at the Guggenheim

Three approaches to framing contemporary art outside a Eurocentric framework

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Mapping Asia

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Spatializing the Contemporary, Philippine-Style

Oscar Campomanes provides a conceptual and cultural critique of The Philippine Contemporary exhibition

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Archive as Method

Note from the Editors

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Hans Van Dijk Archive

On Van Dijk's conception of contemporary art and the art and artists he promoted

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Micropolitics of the Archive | Part I: Southern Conceptualisms Network and the Political Possibilities of Microhistories

An intervention into different possibilities for history, the archive, and the transmission of knowledge

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On the Practice of the Oral History Archives of Japanese Art | Part I: Toward Oral Histories of Art in Asia

A series on Japanese artists and alternatives to Eurocentric systems of art

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On the Practice of the Oral History Archives of Japanese Art | Part II: Introduction to Two Interview Excerpts

A series on Japanese artists and alternatives to Eurocentric systems of art

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Entangled Temporality in Art Practice: Contemporary Revisiting of the "Golden" Age

Parul Dave-Mukherji discusses the past as lost golden age or melancholic condition that has uncanny affinity with the present

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An Expanded Questionnaire on the Contemporary: Part I

AAA expands upon Hal Foster’s 2009 questionnaire on "the contemporary"

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An Expanded Questionnaire on the Contemporary: Part II

AAA expands upon Hal Foster’s 2009 questionnaire on "the contemporary"