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ISSUE 78

MAY/JUN 2012

Issue 78
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Editor’s Letter

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

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Anticipating the season’s many festivals that will draw artists, curators and collectors from all over the world to far-flung locations, ArtAsiaPacific 78 considers the work of artists participating in the Biennale of Sydney in Australia, the inaugural Kyiv International Biennale in Ukraine and this year’s quinquennial Documenta 13.

China
Reports: The Point

Microblogging in China

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In the last several years, microblogs and social-media sites have become ubiquitous platforms for the exchange of information and ideas.

Germany
Essays: Archive

Progress, Piety and Mess

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Rummaging through the debris of Documentas past and present 

China Switzerland
Essays: Case Study

Devastating History

What moral rights do artists possess with artworks of appropriation and destruction?

United Arab Emirates
Profiles

Emirati Estrangements
Lamya Gargash

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One continuing theme of Gargash’s work is the psychological effect of society’s pressure on the individual to conform.

USA Iraq
Features

The Sweet and Bitter Road
Michael Rakowitz

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From homeless architecture to dictatorial dinnerware? Whether overseeing the operation of an Iraqi food truck manned
by refugees and war veterans, or creating replicas of looted artifacts, Rakowitz’s interventionist projects and site-specific installations explore the idea of making “the invisible” visible.

China
Reviews
Today Art Museum

Starting

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Exhibitions of work by young sculptors are rare in Beijing, where installation and painting invariably claim the limelight.

Turkey
Reviews
Pilot Galeri

Collector’s Wish
Burak Delier

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The structure of Collector’s Wish is a simple setup. The largest wall of the subterranean gallery was painted floor to ceiling in horizontal strokes of crimson and brick red.

UK
Reviews
Whitechapel Gallery

Zarina Bhimji

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There is a recurring theme within the literature discussing Zarina Bhimji’s art, including her own writings: that the documentary approach is eschewed and each subject is accessed instead through echoes, allusion and aesthetics.

Cambodia
Projects

Where I Work
Sopheap Pich

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“This is my studio,” Sopheap Pich declares as we approach an empty 20th-century Buddhist temple on the rural outskirts of Phnom Penh. But he drives right past the temple and laughs at my incredulous expression. In an age when almost everything, sacred and profane, has a price tag, this seemed entirely plausible to me. 
Print Content
REPORTS
Ahmet Öğüt on Tunç Ali Çam
Hong Kong
Bruised, Battered and Bolstered
Slow and Solid
Springing Into Action
Whispering Gallery
All in This Together
John Clang, Tiffany Singh, Ali Taptık: Fragility, Decay and Rebirth
ESSAYS
Restoring Trust
Dancing Dragon
PROFILES
Stuart Ringholt: A Naked Truth
Do-Ho Suh: The Poetics of Space
Rudy Tseng: Executive Producer
FEATURES
Kim Beom: Open The Most With The Least
Gordon Bennett: Fields of Disturbance
Jananne al-Ani: Disembodied Perspective
REVIEWS
2012 Colombo Art Biennale
Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops and Sunshine
Xu Bing: Book from the Sky to Book from the Ground
M+ Bamboo Theatre Exhibition
Elephant in the Dark
Marwan Rechmaoui: Landscapes
Latitudes. Encounter with the Philippines. Part II
Ryoji Ikeda: db
The Ungovernables
Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro: Par Avion
Ming Wong: Making Chinatown
BOOK REVIEW
Yayoi Kusama: Joining the Dots
THE LAST WORD
Concrete Ambitions
QUESTIONNAIRE
Nalini Malani