For the fourth year in a row, Asia Art Archive presents 'Backroom Conversations' during ART HK 11, a series of panel discussions in which leading experts and practitioners in the contemporary art field consider regional artistic currents within a global context. New to the programme, the 'Inaugural Burger Collection Keynote Lecture' honours a significant voice in the field today and 'Open Platform' invites cultural producers and organisers to submit proposals for 28-minute presentations to be given during the fair.

Is Ink Painting Dead? Is It Contemporary?

Sex, violence, politics, urbanism, and the commodity culture are topics that have preoccupied many of the world’s cutting edge artists. By contrast, ink painting is often associated with mountains, trees, hermetic introspection, and reflections on tradition. Over 1,000 years old and practiced widely throughout Asia, art based on or inspired by the ink tradition is definitely alive and surprisingly varied. Three pairs of experts will consider how ink painting is relevant to the contemporary art debate and whether or not it matters.


Jane DeBevoise
 Chair of Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive (New York/Hong Kong) in conversation with Wucius Wong artist (Hong Kong)
Kao Chien-hui Chicago-based critic and independent curator (Taiwan) in conversation with Huang Zhiyang Beijing-based artist (Taiwan)
Pauline J. Yao Co-Director of Osage Art and Ideas (Hong Kong) in conversation with Qiu Zhijie artist (China)


In conjunction with ART HK 11
Sponsored by Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR, and Swire Properties
Additional support from Burger Collection, The Ink Soceity and Yana & Stephen Peel
Media Partners: Hong Kong Tatler, AM Post & Art Map
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