• Issue
  • Nov 01, 2021

Previews: Regions of Focus

Rendering of SPATIAL ANATOMY’s Myeon-bang, 2021, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists and CHAT, Hong Kong. 

NOV 27–FEB 27, 2022
Spinning East Asia Series I: “A Compass in Hand”

Co-curators Sunnie Chan and Wang Weiwei adopt the lens of textile and design to interpret, revisit, and reimagine the notion of “East Asia” in CHAT’s upcoming group show. The first in a series of two, the exhibition will feature works by 15 individuals and collectives of artist-designers. Among these pieces are Alice Wong’s US & THEM (2019), a video montage deconstructing Asian stereotypes from the Western mainstream, a live performance by Kim Hwang examining contemporary phenomena such as the influencer economy, and five new commissions, including Spatial Anatomy’s recreation of a North Korean cotton- spinning factory.

KAWITA VATANAJYANKUR, Dye, 2018, still from video: 7 min 30 sec. Courtesy the artist. 

NOV 28–JUL 3, 2022

“Nation, Narration, Narcosis”

Drawing inspiration from Joseph Beuys’s concept of “social sculpture,” “Nation, Narration, Narcosis” probes how performance art and time-based works are interconnected with political protests, social developments, and historical trauma. Alongside works and documents from the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the group exhibition will display loans from museums in Chiang Mai, Jakarta, and Singapore, as part of the collaborative program “Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories.” Among the 51 participating artists and collectives are Kawita Vatanajyankur, Amanda Heng, Sung Tieu, Ho Tzu Nyen, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose videos and performances explore pain, warfare, and Southeast Asian histories.

LEE PAJE, The stories that weren’t told, 2019, oil on copper mounted on wood, 243.8 × 300 cm. Courtesy the artist. 

DEC 4–APR 25, 2022

The 10th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s triennial survey of arts from the Asia-Pacific region returns for its tenth edition this December. The show will consist of 69 newly commissioned or recent works by 150-plus emerging and established artists, collectives, and filmmakers from more than 30 different countries. Among the works that will be on view are Lee Paje's tryptich blending Filipino creation myths with biblical motifs; lifelike ceramic sculptures by Japanese avant-gardist Kimiyo Mishima; and the largest and most recent painting from Gordon Hookey’s MURRILAND! (2015– ) series, in which the Waanyi artist confronts Queensland’s history from precolonization to present day.