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ISSUE 54

JUL/AUG 2007

Issue 54
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Editor's Letter

Independent Thinking

2007 is a benchmark year for recalling events that transformed the Asian landscape forever, marking the 60th anniversary of the Partition of British India into the independent states of India and Pakistan, the 50th anniversary of Malaysian independence from Britain and the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule. 

Canada China
News

Animal Rights Groups Bug Out Over Artist’s Installation

In Canada this spring, following sustained outcry from local animal rights activists, the Vancouver Art Gallery caved in to legal pressures and altered renowned Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping’s mixed-media installation Theater of the World (1993), included in the 40-piece touring retrospective “House of Oracles.” 

India
News

Baroda Authorities Jail Art Student

The most recent blow to civil liberties and artistic expression in India occurred May 9 when S. Chandramohan, an art student at Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda in Gujarat, was arrested for displaying “obscene” work in his final year examination assessment.

Pakistan
News

Pakistan’s National Art Gallery Naming Controversy

The opening of Pakistan’s much-delayed National Art Gallery in Islamabad has hit another speed bump after the March 26 inauguration ceremony, already pushed back due to construction delays, was postponed indefinitely due to a conflict with President General Pervez Musharraf’s schedule. 

UK Pakistan
Profiles

Posh Studio
Shezad Dawood

Having incorporated popular iconography, advertising campaigns and the film industry into his interdisciplinary practice, London-based Shezad Dawood’s first experiment with real estate intervention took place in 2005 with his Paradise Row project. 

Korea, South
Features

Wild Korea
Gimhongsok

Based in Seoul, 43-year-old artist Gimhongsok is known internationally through his frequent participation in high-profile international biennials like Gwangju, Venice, Taipei, Valencia and Tirana. Yet, due to the range of his practice encompassing sculpture, installation, video and performance works expressing deadpan satirical humor, both his working process and personal style remain enigmatic, earning him “mysterious genius” standing at home. 

Palestine USA
Features

All That Remains
Emily Jacir

Based in New York and Ramallah, Emily Jacir explores the complex politics and poetics of being Palestinian. In her open-ended multimedia projects, which often present the remains of personal and/or collaborative actions, individual, national and transnational histories intertwine, raising universal questions about borders, mobility and belonging in a globalized world. 

Australia Philippines
Reviews
Jan Manton Art

Another Country
Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan

For their first exhibition since moving to Brisbane from Manila, Filipino artist-couple Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan present their mixed media installation Project Be-longing: In-Transit (2006) as a conclusion to their ongoing “Project Be-longing” series of works exploring the experience of travel, relocation and re-orientation. 

China
Reviews
Beijing Tokyo Art Projects

Soft Landing
Yuan Shun

Entering Beijing Tokyo Art Projects for Yuan Shun’s “Soft Landing”—the artist’s first solo show in China in 20 years—must have been a disorienting experience for visitors. 

USA Iran
Reviews
Lombard-Freid Projects

Smoke and Mirrors
Tala Madani

Just 26 years old, Iran-born Tala Madani left a strong impression on the New York art scene, selling out her debut show of recent works, all from 2006, at Lombard-Freid Projects in the Chelsea art district this spring. 

India
Projects

Where I Work
Sudhir Patwardhan

Sudhir Patwardhan, one of India’s finest painters, lives and works in Thane, a satellite township of over a million citizens on the northeastern periphery of Mumbai. 

Print Content
ESSAYS
Lines of Control
NEWS
Sydney: Swiss Artist Transforms Cockatoo Island
Karlsruhe: German Museum Celebrates Tenth Year with Mammoth Survey
Taipei Art Community Resists Government’s Heavy Hand
Seattle: SAM Expansion Unveils Art Stars
Various Locations: Unstoppable Market Fan Fair
Roundup: CV Season
Passings: Mai Ghoussoub, 1952–2007
Whispering Gallery
The Point: Hong Kong – Ten Years On
PROFILES
Junebum Park: Master Illusionist
Peter Hill and Gail Hastings: The Big Picture
Chien-chi Chang: No Flash Needed
Pi Li: One on One
Macau: End of Empire
FEATURES
Zarina Hashmi: Edges of her World
Xu Zhen: Sex, Lies and Videotape
Nataraj Sharma: The Iron Man
REVIEWS
Tokyo: Tsuyoshi Ozawa
Shanghai: Gu Dexin
Hong Kong: Adrian Wong
Bangkok: Kamin Lertchaiprasert
New Dehli: A. Balasubramaniam
Mumbai: Anju Dodiya
Helsinki: “Wind from the East”
London: Anup Mathew Thomas
New York: Wang Jin
New York: Bhupen Khakhar
Los Angeles: “Eternal Flame”
Film Review: Provoked
Book Review: Ascending Chaos – The Art of Masami Teraoka 1966–2006
PROJECTS
Kamrooz Aram: Trial by Fire