TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY
Education Partner, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, returned to Art Central to present a daily programme of talks and panel discussions. The programme featured for a second time highly anticipated talks from two of the 2018 Asia Society Honorees.
Art and Conflict
Moderator: Maurice Benayoun [Professor , School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong / Artist]
The Complexities of Text in Art
Moderator: Cailin Broere
Queerness in Art - a Discussion with the Players
Moderator: DOMINIQUE CHAN [Head of Gallery and Exhibition, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre]
“Queer” was first used to denote peculiarity, and later developed into a derogatory label for homosexual relationships. Today, the table has been turned. “Queer” is reclaimed as a fluid term encompassing different sexualities and gender identities, questioning normative values. By exploring the practice of artists Jes Fan and Ming Wong, the discussion looks at various expressions of “queer” in the form of installation, performance, and sculpture among others. Jes Fan, a Brooklyn-based artist from Canada and Hong Kong, experiments with materials speak to the malleability of identity, rejecting binary social constructs. Ming Wong is known for his parodies of classic cinematic elements in the exploration of issues on identity. He lives and works in Berlin and Singapore. The discussion is joined by Patrick Sun, a collector of modern and contemporary Asian art who founded the Sunpride Foundation in 2014. The Foundation was the organizer of Asia’s first major LGBTQ exhibition, Spectrosynthesis. He will share his insights on the emergence of the queer art scene in Asia.
Image: Watermelon Love, 2017 by Ming Wong and Yu Cheng-Ta
Shirazeh Houshiary, in conversation with Michelle Yun
Speakers: SHIRAZEH HOUSHIARY [Artist]
Moderator: MICHELLE YUN [Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society]
Shirazeh Houshiary, a member of the New British Sculpture movement in the 1980s, employs painting, sculpture, and video installations, often incorporating elements of Islamic texts and imagery, including Sufi poetry, as a means to ruminate on the intangible nature of spirituality and our common humanity. Her work was included in the groundbreaking exhibition “Magiciens de la Terre” at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (1989). She has had solo exhibitions at Tate Liverpool (2003) and the British Museum (1997). Her work has been featured in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006); Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (2004); and São Paulo Biennial (1996). Houshiary was shortlisted for the Tate Modern’s prestigious Turner Prize in 1994.
Subodh Gupta, in conversation with Elaine Ng
Speakers: SUBODH GUPTA [Artist]
Moderator: ELAINE NG [Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific]
Subodh Gupta draws from a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, and video in his practice. Gupta is best known for his use of the mass-produced stainless steel and brass cooking vessels ubiquitous throughout India, which he transforms into monumental sculptural installations that explore migration, globalization, and the social repercussions of economic development. Gupta has held solo exhibitions at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2017); and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2015). He has participated in Performa 13, New York (2013); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, (2012); and the 51st Venice Biennale (2005). In 2018, Monnaie de Paris will present a retrospective exhibition of the artist.
In the Public Eye: The Art of Creative Activism
Moderator: Cosmin Costinas [Executive Director/Curator, Para Site]
Myths and Histories in Contemporary Practices
Moderator: Laure Raibaut [Head of Visual Arts at Le French May]