Past Grants

AAA Research Grant

The AAA Research Grant was created by AAA with the support of Martell in 2005. It was established to expand AAA’s general research scope to include goal-specific research; to encourage understanding of the exciting developments taking place in the region; to provide much-needed resources to individuals for focused research projects in Asia; and to endow future generations with material on artists working today.



Lee Wing Ki
Locating Photographic Practice in Hong Kong since the 1960s

Lee’s research project takes an ethnographic approach to the analysis of the photographic community in Hong Kong. He will look at practice and process from image-taking to image-making, from creative process to final product, from pioneers to practitioners, 1960s to present. Thinking through the methodologies of ethnography, the project examines the relationship between the community, technology and subjectivity.


Vidya Shivadas
Mapping the field of Indian art criticism: Post-independence

The Delhi-based curator and art critic's project focuses on five important Indian writers and critics, including William George Archer, Richard Bartholomew, Jagdish Swaminathan, Geeta Kapur, and Ranjit Hoskote. Each played an important role in shaping contemporary art discourse in India, and in registering multiple cultural issues, artistic domains, and moments of history.

Martell Contemporary Asian Art Research Grant

The research grant, supported by Martell in 2005 and 2006, provides individuals with resources to carry out focused research projects in Asia. The grant is for writers, researchers, and academics in need of support for projects relating to contemporary Asian art and artists.



Richard Streitmatter-Tran
Mediating the Mekong

The Ho Chi Minh-based artist and researcher examined the importance of the media in influencing work produced in the Mekong region. Over the life of the project, Streitmatter-Tran travelled to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. He proceeded to make a general assessment of the media infrastructure for each country and sought out artists that were either using, commenting, or resisting media in the production of their work. Videos, images, and documents were collected in the course of his research.


Leeza Ahmady
The Taste of Others: Contemporary Art in Central Asia

The Afghanistan-born, New York-based artist, curator, and educator travelled to Central Asia in August and September 2005 to conduct this research project that collects up-to-date materials of the developing art scene in countries including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, through interviews with artists and curators from the region.