15 Invitations for 15 Years

A special programme series featuring exhibitions, projects, written works, performances, a blog, and set of e-dossiers marking Asia Art Archive's 15-year anniversary.


Sarah Howe: Six Windows

Hong Kong-born British poet Sarah Howe presents Six Windows, a reading and talk based around six new poems which provide alternative entry points into AAA's collection. 
Drawing on materials from China, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and India, Howe considers how artists across different countries and cultures explore similar subject matter, and discusses how meditation on art writing resonates with her work and that of the Archive.
Six Windows also plays on the charged dynamic involved in responding to visual artwork verbally and in text. It points to how, as a poet or an art writer, verbal constructs refocus the way of seeing original works—like viewing them through a new lens or a window frame—clarifying some things, while obscuring others. Howe's poems also dwell on the metaphor of the browser by using "windows" in a digital context as her research has primarily been remote and web-enabled.
Part of a collective set for 15 Invitations, there will be a forthcoming limited print edition and e-dossier on the project.

Chiharu Shiota, Windows House: Dreitte Haut (The Third Skin) (Partial), 2005.
Chiharu Shiota, Windows House: Dreitte Haut (The Third Skin) (Partial), 2005.
Courtesy of Chiharu Shiota and Asia Art Archive.

Sarah Howe is in Hong Kong thanks to the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Arts and the Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2016.
Sarah Howe is a poet, academic, and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry Review, Poetry LondonThe GuardianThe Financial Times, Ploughshares, and Poetry, as well as anthologies such as Ten: The New Wave and four editions of The Best British Poetry. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit, an online journal of poetry and criticism. Previous fellowships include a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; a Hawthornden Fellowship; the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature; and a Fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute.  


15 Invitations for 15 Years is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited, the C. K. & Kay Ho Foundation, and The Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The programme is part of the ADC 20th Anniversary Celebration Series. Special thanks to Hani Charaf, Kemistry Design. 


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