For the 5th year in a row as ART HK's official education partner, Asia Art Archive presents Backroom Conversations, a series of discussions in which leading experts and practitioners in the contemporary art field consider key issues affecting the art world. For the second year, the ‘AAA Burger Collection Keynote Lecture’ honours a significant voice in the field today and ‘Open Platform’ selects projects from around the world that demand to be heard. 

Whose History?

Multiple histories of modern and contemporary art in Asia and elsewhere are being constructed to take particular local contexts into consideration. However, we have yet to develop methodologies to create a larger sense of history that encompasses these localised stories. This panel looks at diverse case studies and contact points to illuminate these parallel artistic developments under the concept of contemporaneity.


Manuel Borja-Villel Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Art, Cornell University, New York
Marian Pastor Roces, critic and independent curator, The Philippines


Reiko Tomii, independent scholar and Co-founder of PoNJA-GenKon, New York





In conjunction with ART HK 12
Sponsored by Home Affairs Bureau
Additional support from Burger Collection, Platform, Yana & Stephen Peel
Media Partners: ArtAsiaPacific, Time Out

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