Oct 19 2016

AAP Monthly Picks: October–November 2016

by The Editors

Jogja Calling

Oct 22 – Dec 17

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Sydney, Australia

UJI HANDOKO EKO SAPUTRO, Redcliffe #1, 2012, print on Hahnemuhle matte paper, 59 × 86 cm. Courtesy 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. 

Presented in Sydney’s premier space for contemporary Asian art, this exhibition of six artists investigates the dialogue and relationships between art communities in Australia and Indonesia, specifically Yogyakarta (Jogja). In this show, it is revealed how Australian artists Abdul Abdullah, Briony Galligan and Reko Rennie’s works were informed by their residencies and friendships with the Indonesian artists on display– Leonardiansyah Allenda, Arwin Hidayat and Uji Handoko Eko Saputro aka Hahan. Illustrating the links within the close artistic communities of Jogja, the works echo each other in pairs: Abdullah and Hidyat each present collaborative work produced with local artisans; Rennie and Hahan critique the cultural landscapes in their works; while Allenda and Galligan’s kinetic sculptures question the balance of relationships.

Singapore Biennale: “An Atlas of Mirrors”

Oct 27 – Feb 26, 2017

Various Locations

MAP OFFICEDesert Islands (work in progress), 2016. Courtesy the artists. 

This year’s edition of the Singapore Biennale brings together over 60 artists from across Asia and is helmed by creative director Susie Lingham. The biennale features site-specific installations as well as new work from contemporary artists that explores contemporary life and boundaries within South and East Asia. The show asks the audience to reflect upon how we look at the region around us as well as ourselves, through various multimedia works ranging from Thai artist Pannaphan Yotmani’s site specific mural to Hong Kong’s MAP Office’s mirrored installation, which exemplifies the region’s racial diversity.

Tales of Our Time

Nov 4 – Mar 10, 2017

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, USA

SUN YUAN  & PENG YU, Can’t Help Myself, 2016, industrial robot, steel, rubber, visual-recognition sensors, acrylic wall with aluminum frame, and food-grade fiber with water, dimensions variable. Copyright and courtesy the artists. 

The heavily anticipated group show, “Tales of Our Time” presents newly commissioned works from eight established artists and artist collectives: Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group, and Zhou Tao. Curated by Xiaoyu Weng and Hou Hanru, the works address the troubled relationship between storytelling and history. The artists attempt to blur fact and fiction, by dissolving the barriers that split past and present, as well as the borders that have historically divided humanity. Inspired by modern Chinese author Lu Xun’s book, Gushi xin bian (Old Tales Retold) (1936), the exhibition similarly uses stories from the past to critique society and discuss contemporary issues experienced across the globe.

Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation

Nov 5 – Mar 19, 2017

Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland, New Zealand

LEE MINGWEI, The Mending Project, 2009 / 2014, installation view of “Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2015. Photo by Yoshitsugu Fuminari. Courtesy Mori Art Museum. 

Lee Mingwei has been disrupting the gallery and museum experience for years with his participatory “installations”; in Auckland, visitors to the space should expect similar engagement, from writing, sleeping, singing and sewing. Additional works from the gallery’s collection were selected based on their relationship to participatory art—including pieces by John Cage, Lee Ufan and Dane Mitchell—and act as ideological references that inform Mingwei’s process and oeuvre.

Shanghai Biennale: “Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories”

Nov 11 – Mar 12, 2017

Various Locations
Shanghai, China

ZHEN CHONGBIN, Wall of Skies, 2015, ink on paper within a constructed enclosure of a semi‐reflective floor and slanted walls. Courtesy the artist. 

Delhi-based artist group Raqs Media Collective curates this iteration of the Biennale, and aims to interpret Ritwik Ghatak’s film Jukti, Takko aar Gappo (Reason, Debate and a Story) (1974). Treating the exhibition like a narrative, where the artists ask questions and inform their own courses, the Raqs Media Collective simultaneously continues to embrace the Biennale’s mission for cultural conversation and innovation within a globalized framework. Included in the artists participating in this year’s edition are Dubai-based Lantian Xie, Danish artist group Superflex and Shanghai-based Zhen Chongbin. 

Nairy Baghramian: Déformation Professionnelle

Nov 26 – Feb 19, 2017

Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Gent, Belgium

NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN, installation view of exhibition “Hand Me Down” at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, 2015. Courtesy the artist. 

Deconstructing the idea of a “retrospective,” Iranian artist Nairy Baghramian’s presents a collection of new site-specific work repurposed from her previously created pieces. She reinvents sculptures and installations produced over the last fifteen years, disassembling the tools and materials used, as well as the final product itself. After Belgium, the exhibition travels to Salzburg, Austria and then Minneapolis. U.S.