Asia Forum Launch | In-person in Venice + Online

Asia Forum is pleased to invite you to its in-person and online launch on Saturday 23 April 2022 in Venice, Italy, during the opening week of the 59th Venice Biennale.

The Asia Forum for the Contemporary Art of Global Asias is a new itinerant platform envisioned for discourse surrounding experimental art practices and research that produce hopeful new worlds beyond the North Atlantic. The Asia Forum in 2021/22 is proudly presented by the Bagri Foundation as digital gatherings in 2021, and an inaugural in-person and online, one-day programme at the historic Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, on 23 April 2022. The Forum will be simultaneously live-streamed by the Forum’s exclusive media partner, ArtReview.

Through a series of incisive and engaging discussions, artists’ presentations, interactive sessions and screenings, the Asia Forum departs from the central exhibition, national pavilions, and collateral events that present the arts of ‘Asias’. Artists, curators, and thinkers will be invited to respond to pressing current events and engage in discussions addressing questions such as:

What is the role of art in reshaping public cultures, when both problems and solutions have become globally entangled?

How do adopting ‘Asias-centered’ perspectives help re-imagine futures beyond current thought paradigms? How do artistic practices reshape our understanding of the collective building and sharing of knowledge?

Join us at Asia Forum for a one-day programme that will provide a richer and deeper engagement with these and other questions, while amplifying narratives of transformation, knowledge building, and transnational solidarity. The one-day event seeks to provide a gathering place for like-minded local, national, and international people to foster connections.

Conceived by Annie Jael Kwan, the Asia Forum works with a council of international curators and researchers, Hammad Nasar, John Tain, and Ming Tiampo, in a sustained dialogue with contributors to navigate the key themes that have arisen in relation to contemporary artistic practices of Global Asias.

– PROGRAMME – Saturday 23 April 2022 | 9:00 – 18:30 CET 

In-person at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice | Live-streamed on ArtReview

9:00 | Registration + Welcome Coffee

9:45 | Welcome

10:00 | Roundtable: Tracing Asia Art Histories: Modernity as Crime Scene: with Hoor Al Qasimi, Patrick Flores, Annie Jael Kwan, Hammad Nasar, John Tain, Ming Tiampo.

11:30 | Factories, Tables, Postrevolution by Ho Rui An

12:20 | Break

12:30 | Curatorial Directions with Sheelasha Rajbhandari, Hit Man Gurung and Tsherin Sherpa, (Tales of Muted Spirits – Dispersed Threads – Twisted Shangri-La, Nepal Pavilion 2022)

13:30 | Lunchtime Screening Programme

14:15 | Registration

14:45 | Welcome

14:50 | Abbas Zahedi X Querini Stampalia

15:30 | Paradise Camp by Yuki Kihara

16:20 | Break

16:30 | Carrier Bag Meditations by Sin Wai Kin

17:00 | Collective Futures – participatory collective discussion with Reza Afisina (ruangrupa), Saodat Ismailova, Annie Jael Kwan, Hammad Nasar, John Tain, Ming Tiampo

18:30 | END


In-person: Asia Forum offers a safe space, along with gender-neutral loo facilities and a separate room with a screen if any member of the audience would require to follow the programme in a quiet space.

Online: Automatically generated English captions are provided.

Asia Forum is made possible with thanks to the additional support of Something Human. The Asia Forum is presented in partnership with ArtReview, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, IED – Istituto Europeo di Design, Ca’ Foscari Alumni, GAD – Giudecca Art District, School for Curatorial Studies Venice. With the patronage of the DVRI – Distretto Veneziano della Richerca e dell’Innovazione and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Read more about Asia Forum here.


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Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Venice, Italy

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