AAA invites you to attend this month’s talks, activities, and exhibitions—including our series dedicated to women in art. In addition, we are pleased to present an artist talk and an exhibition by Nilima Sheikh, who is exploring the role of movement and travel in this work.

Women Make Art History


Image: Guerrilla Girls, <i>Wealth and Power</i>.
Image: Guerrilla Girls, Wealth and Power.
Courtesy of the artists.

AAA’s booth at Art Basel in Hong Kong, Women Make Art History, seeks to provoke discussion about women in art. On the occasion of their first appearance in Asia, the Guerrilla Girls examine the status of women in the Hong Kong art world. Also on display is a selection of highlights from AAA's Collection and research projects, comprising archival and library materials relevant to interested researchers. Furthermore, the booth hosts a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on women artists and practitioners in Asia, organised in collaboration with M+, West Kowloon Cultural District. These efforts are part of AAA’s ongoing mission to spotlight less visible art histories, making them more accessible for scholarship, research, and education. AAA is a Cultural Partner of Art Basel for 2018.

Date: 27–31 March 2018
Venue: Booth P7, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai


Exhibition and Talk by Nilima Sheikh


Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Nilima Sheikh, We Must Bear (detail), from the series Each night put Kashmir in your dreams, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

On view at AAA Library, this exhibition 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. This presentation showcases photographs, videos, stencils, poems, folktales, letters, and the artist's own writings from her archive.

Artist Talk
Date: Thu, 29 March 2018, 11am
Venue: Asia Art Archive A Space, 10/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

Date: 22 March–30 June 2018
Venue: Asia Art Archive Library, 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan


Teaching Labs | From Representable Object to Representing Subject: Women in the Modern and Contemporary Art of India  


Image: Rummana Hussain, Living on the Margins, performance at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai, 1995. ©Estate of Rummana Hussain Courtesy Talwar Gallery New York / New Delhi

This talk attempts to trace the emergence of a feminist subjectivity in the representations of women in the arts of India. It begins with an overview of how women conventionally figured in modern art history of India as objects of representation. In contrast to this, there has emerged the work of women practitioners who not only critiqued such modes of representation, but also heralded new aesthetic sensibilities attentive to the gendered nature of artistic discourses. Teachers, students, and members of the public are welcome. 

Date & Time: Sat, 24 Mar 2018, 2–3:15pm 
Location: Asia Art Archive A Space, 10/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan


Hong Kong Conversations: Women in Art


Image: (<i>from left</i>) Ho Sin Tung,  Phoebe Wong, Ko Sin Tung, and Elva Lai at Ho Sin Tung’s studio. Courtesy of Peter Bird.
Image: (from left) Ho Sin Tung, Phoebe Wong, Ko Sin Tung, and Elva Lai at Ho Sin Tung’s studio. Courtesy of Peter Bird.

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 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.

Date: Sat, 10 March 2018
Venue: Fringe Underground, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong


Ha Bik Chuen Archive: Project Space Open Studio


Asia Art Archive hosts the late Hong Kong-based artist Ha Bik Chuen’s personal archive at a dedicated project space in Fo Tan from 2016 to 2019. The Ha Bik Chuen Archive Project, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, conducts research, selective digitisation, and programming on Ha’s materials through residencies, workshops, and exhibitions. The archive includes illustrated magazines, artist portraits, book collages, and photographs that offer a window into Hong Kong’s exhibition history. On view during the March open studio is documentation from exhibitions featuring women artists in Hong Kong—a complement to AAA’s booth at Art Basel in Hong Kong, Women Make Art History.

To make an appointment for the visit, please email Michelle Wong at

Date: 27–28 March 2018, 10am–1pm (by appointment)
Venue: Asia Art Archive Fo Tan Project Space, 10E Valiant Industrial Centre, 2–12 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan, New Territories

Relevant content

Hong Kong Conversations 2018: Women in Art
Programmes | Hong Kong Conversations

Hong Kong Conversations 2018: Women in Art

Sat, 10 Mar 2018, 2:15 – 5:45 PM

Image: Guerrilla Girls, <i>Wealth and Power</i>.
Women Make Art History

Women Make Art History

Tue–Sat, 27–31 Mar 2018

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Women in Art in Asia
Programmes | Wikipedia Edit-a-thons

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Women in Art in Asia

Tutorial, 24 February 2018, 2–4pm; Edit-a-thon, 30 March 2018, 2–6pm

Lines of Flight: Nilima Sheikh Archive

Lines of Flight: Nilima Sheikh Archive

Exhibition: 22 Mar–30 Jun 2018; Exhibition Tour: Sat, 19 May and Sat, 16 Jun 2018