Women Make Art History seeks to provoke discussion about women in art. For their first new project in East Asia, the Guerrilla Girls examine the status of women at Art Basel itself and in the Hong Kong art world. Their installation at the AAA booth deploys their signature blend of humour, bold graphics, and statistics culled from online and published sources to call viewers to action, and invites them to contribute with their own observations. 

Also on display is a selection of highlights from AAA’s Collection and research projects, focusing on the autonomous women’s movement in India in the late 1970s and 1980s; the Pakistan-based artist Salima Hashmi; portraits of women artists in China taken by art historian and curator Joan Lebold Cohen; and exhibitions of women artists from across Asia in the 1990s and 2000s, as represented by their catalogues.

All events are free and open to the public.

Venue: Booth P7, Art Basel in Hong Kong, Level 1 Concourse, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai (MAP)


Programmes Schedule

Conversation with the Guerrilla Girls
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Time: 6–7pm

Formed in New York in 1985, the Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of feminist artists fighting for equality in the art world. Their members use gorilla masks for public appearances and pseudonyms that refer to deceased female artists. Anonymity allows them to focus on the issues rather than their personalities. In this informal conversation, the Guerrilla Girls discuss their new project on the Hong Kong art world in relation to their artistic practice.

Moderator: John Tain, Head of Research, Asia Art Archive


Performance | Memory Acts: Session II
Q: A Remembrance

Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Time: 6:30–7:30pm

Memory Acts is an invitation to revisit archives of performance art from around the world. Each session asks an artist to recall a performance piece by another artist that left an imprint on their imagination. At Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018, the Hong Kong-based artist Anthony Leung Po Shan revisits Pan Xing Lei's controversial performance work Red Action (1996), in which the artist poured red paint over the statue of Queen Victoria in Hong Kong.

Moderator: Sabih Ahmed, Researcher, Asia Art Archive


Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Women in Art
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Time:  2–6pm

Asia Art Archive presents a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on women in art in Asia, in collaboration with M+, West Kowloon Cultural District. With the assistance of Wikimedia User Group Hong Kong, the event brings together participants to create and improve articles about women artists and practitioners in Asia on Wikipedia.


Platinum Sponsor: Shane Akeroyd
Gold Sponsors: Eunei & Ron Lee, Wendy Lee & Stephen Li, Virginia & Wellington Yee
Silver Sponsors: Lavina & William Lim, Dee Poon
Partners: Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong; M+, West Kowloon Cultural District; Sun Museum/Simon Suen Foundation; PMQ
Design Partner: Going Merry Design co.
Media Partners: a.m. post, Art Map, Art Republik, Ocula

AAA is a Cultural Partner of Art Basel in Hong Kong.

Special thanks to Art Basel in Hong Kong, Wikimedia User Group Hong Kong, Art+Feminism, Wikimedia Taiwan, and WikiWomen Taiwan for their support and advice for the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on 30 March


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Joan Lebold Cohen Archive

Joan Lebold Cohen Archive

Salima Hashmi Archive

Salima Hashmi Archive