How we define 'Asia' at Asia Art Archive is the question we are most frequently asked. Acknowledging both the value and limitations of the map as a tool, this project practices a mapping of Asia that does not exclusively depend on the map as artifact, but as something that lives and continues to unfold. We share with you some of the threads and (to borrow a geological term) hot spots that are currently shaping our notion of Asia.
Born out of the third issue of AAA's e-journal Field Notes, Mapping Asia takes physical form in this expanded publication. Contents include artist work, essays, an email exchange, exhibition reviews, literary excerpts, poetry, and a range of archival materials including photographs, newspaper clippings, and comics that examine multiple vantage points from which to consider Asia, looking beyond inherited boundaries, histories, and political and economic systems.
This publication is available online at ISSUU.