"Mapping Asia" a Publication, Exhibition, Talk and Performance series at Asia Art Archive runs through September

Mapping Asia exhibition at Asia Art Archive library

How to define 'Asia' at Asia Art Archive is most frequently question 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. It shares with you some of the threads and (to borrow a geological term) hot spots that are currently shaping our notion of Asia.

You can see the nice view of China from here is a travel photo taken in the 1970s, 20 years before the handover of British-colonial Hong Kong to Mainland China. From Hong Kong, the Mapping Asia project traverses land and sea, connecting Guangzhou to Peru, Lesotho, and Elba. The project attempts to summon mythologies and track roaming tigers, and trace intellectual discourses around art and modernism from 20th century Santiniketan, Yangon, and Boston to 21st century Kaohsiung and London. By taking a field note-like approach and interweaving artwork, essays, an email exchange, literary extracts, a film plot, exhibition reviews, music, newspaper clippings and comics, it opens up multiple vantage points from which to consider Asia, looking beyond inherited boundaries, histories, and political and economic systems to  entanglements and connections across time, sites, and geographies. As part of Asia Art Archive’s ongoing work, Mapping Asia is one project which hopes to positively destabilise the often debilitating notions of territories that we have inherited by activating less visible or dormant sites of knowledge.

Publication Project
May 2014
Born out of the third issue of Field Notes, AAA's e-journal, Mapping Asia takes physical form in an expanded publication launched in May 2014.
The publication is available from AAA’s library, or please contacts the library team for more information on purchasing a copy.

12 May - 29 August 2014
Mapping Asia unfolds physically into AAA's site through an exhibition at the library. The exhibition manifests itself in space through artworks, objects, documentation, and videos and material from AAA's collection.

Talk and Performance Programmes
24 April - September 2014
Floating Citizens: On being "included-out" in Hong Kong
Talk by John Nguyet Erni
Professor of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University
Thursday 24th April | A Space, Asia Art Archive | 12 - 1.30pm

Rage, Hope and Love: Working with Communities & Housing
Talk by Wong Hoy Cheong at AAA brunch during Art Basel in Hong Kong
Artist, Community/ Political Party Worker
Friday 16th May | A Space, Asia Art Archive
Brunch 10.30am - 12.30pm | Talk: 11am - 12pm

Mapping routes from the 'Asian Modern' to the 'Asian Contemporary' in India and Korea
Talk by John Clark
Emeritus Professor, Art History, University of Sydney
Thursday 22nd May | A Space, Asia Art Archive | 6.30 – 8pm

Singing Resistance: a musical performance with Sumangala Damodaran
Songs by Sumangala Damodaran, Co-presented with Spring Workshop
Saturday 14th June | Spring Workshop | 6 - 8pm

African musicians in search of the 'Chinese Dream': beyond the narratives of trade and immigration
Talk by Roberto Castillo
PhD candidate in Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Thursday 17th July | A Space, Asia Art Archive | 12 - 2pm
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Address: Asia Art Archive, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm
Closed Public Holidays and from 25th December to 1st January


April 2014