3 NOVEMBER 2021
12 NOON GMT / 7PM SGT
Asia Forum is pleased to invite you to an exciting digital gathering on 3 November 2021, 12 Noon GM. Following the last Spring event, this fall the Asian Forum welcomes artists and curators from Asia and its diaspora to respond to pressing contemporary events. With a focus on the mainstream adoption of digital currency and the surge of non-fungible token assets, amidst ongoing climate change urgencies, this gathering seeks to bridge global concerns of exchange and flow across questions of value, social relations and ecological anxieties. Please join artists Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina, Ho Rui An, and Lawrence Lek in exploring diverse notions of ‘liquidity’ via their presentations, followed by moderated conversations with the curatorial council members, Annie Jael Kwan, Hammad Nasar, John Tain, and Ming Tiampo, and the public.
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 this spring and fall, and an inaugural, in person, one-day programme at the historic Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, on 23 April 2022.
The still-unfolding events of the past year have resulted in a fundamental reconfiguring of timelines and work practices. These changes provide an opportunity to imagine with artists, curators, researchers, and activists, new contemporary practices and engage a public eager for discourse on urgent issues of climate, democracy, anti-racism, and creative agency for addressing global anxieties through the lens and engine of ‘Asia/s’.
The presence of the Asia Forum in Venice in 2022 will instigate exploration of themes in relation to the national pavilions and collateral events presenting the arts of Asia/s. It will provide the public with richer and deeper engagement with and understanding of the art of Asian artists represented in the Biennale, as well as the discursive conditions of its production.
Through its peripatetic digital and live manifestations, live streamed via ArtReview in 2021 and 2022, the Asia Forum aims at nurturing a community among diverse artists, curators, thinkers, producers and audiences interested and invested in the arts of global Asias.
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. Co-presented in partnership with the Bagri Foundation. Media Partner: ArtReview.
“With keen global socio-political divides over the technological developments that create divergent flows and exchanges in finance, rising heat and water levels due to climate change, discussions around capital and value remain critical. Asia Forum is proud to engage with these outstanding artists whose research and practices refocus Asias at the forefront of these debates.” Annie Jael Kwan, Asia Forum Council Member
“We at the Bagri Foundation are excited for the Asia Forum’s second digital gathering. In preparation to be together and in person next year in Venice, this Autumn the Asia Forum is gifting us with a digital point of collective reflection on urgent matters for both our society and contemporary art practices.” Alessandra Cianetti, Project Manager, Bagri Foundation
“At a time of apparent polarity the Asia Forum presents a vital discussion platform through which to challenge received wisdom, shift ideas that seem fixed and deploy discourses that exploit the multiplicity and fluidity inherent in ideas of ‘Asia(s)’ in order to address the interlinked economic, social and ecological concerns of our time.” Mark Rappolt, Editor-in-Chief, ArtReview and ArtReview Asia