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INDO AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL presents ERASING BORDERS 2014 Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora Opening Reception: Saturday, July 19th, 4–6 pm. The Exhibition will remain open from July 19th – August 16th, 2014 Crossing Art, 136-17 39th Ave, Ground Floor, Flushing, NY 11354 Directions: Click here This Exhibitions is Free and Open to the Public RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU is launching the first phase of the inter-institutional Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange from July 8-22, 2013 in Shanghai, China; Hong Kong; and Wollongong, Sydney, and Canberra, Australia, focusing on Asian/Asian diasporic art globally.
The exchange will bring together scholars, curators, and artists from each site and is meant to be generative for research, resulting in publications, exhibition development, and other research-based projects and programs to share and disseminate research, strengthen international networks of scholars and curators, and create ongoing dialogue between international colleagues, arts communities, and wider publics in the US, Asia/Pacific region, EU, Latin America, Africa, and Middle East in the expanding field of Asian/Asian Diasporic Art and Visual Cultures.
Through international site visits, symposia, public dialogues, and ongoing working sessions, the exchange aims to build sustained multi-year inter-institutional and scholarly connections to encourage a broader transnational and comparative diasporic discourse while recognizing the continual importance of local contextualization and place.
2013 NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange Public Programming
In 2014, the exchange will travel to Washington, DC and New York City. Future phases of the exchange are planned for Australia, Indonesia, Delhi, London, Argentina, and Ghana.
The NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange is made possible with the support of A/P/A Institute at NYU; NYU’s Global Research Initiative; NYU in Shanghai; NYU in Sydney; Fine Arts Department, The Chinese University in Hong Kong; MA Program in Cultural Management, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies and Australian Research Council’s Discovery Projects funding scheme (DP 0880038); Wollongong City Gallery; and generous collaborators including Shanghai Studies Society, James Cohan Gallery, Leo Xu Projects, Aike Dellarco, and MABSOCIETY.
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The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents
In partnership with Season of Cambodia, an initiative of Cambodian Living Arts
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
8 Washington Mews
In the aftermath of war, over 1 million Cambodian refugees fled with their families to rebuild their lives in other countries. From near artistic annihilation, the cultural arts of Cambodia were valiantly recovered and preserved by Cambodians inside and outside of the country thus leading to a unique contemporary intersection. For twenty-first century Cambodians, art has begun to question and engage the present. Recognizing the critical global and local contributions of Cambodian diaspora artists, this roundtable discussion features an intergenerational group of visual and performing artists to share their experiences and ideas.
Panelists will address issues of transnational identities and the ways in which the act of returning “home” functions as an important point of encounter or departure for their artistic practices. Curated and moderated by Anida Yoeu Ali, this panel will feature dancer/choreographer Prumsodun Ok, photographer Pete Pin, conceptual artist Amy Lee Sanford, and visual artist/scholar LinDa Saphan.
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A Kickstarter campaign to support the exhibition “1975” Group Exhibition of Diasporic Cambodian Art at Topaz Arts in Queens, NY
What is this fundraiser for?
An exhibition titled 1975, featuring works by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford, and LinDa Saphan, and curated by Chuong-Dai Vo.
Opening reception: April 27, 2013, 6pm-8pm
On view: April 27-May 26, 2013, by appointment & Saturday Noon-4pm
Location: Topaz Arts, 55-03 39th Avenue, Queens, NY 11377
What is the exhibition about?
This exhibition brings together three diasporic Cambodian, woman artists whose works exemplify the dynamic contemporary art scene in Phnom Penh: Anida Yoeu Ali’s photographs and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge; Amy Lee Sanford’s video and prints share with viewers the process of uncovering a difficult history, the turmoil of the late 1960s and 1970s, as told in letters written by a father she never knew; and LinDa Saphan’s drawings of apartment buildings and architectural monuments in current-day Phnom Penh take us back to her mother’s memories of living there.
Why is this exhibition important?
The Khmer Rouge regime killed 1.7 million people and left another one million as refugees; 90% of the country’s artists were killed or were forced to flee. In the last three decades, a new generation of artists has been rebuilding the country and creating a new cultural scene.
This exhibition is planned to coincide with Season of Cambodia, an unprecedented initiative bringing more than 125 Cambodian artists to New York City, to highlight the post-1979 rebirth of the arts in the Southeast Asian country.
This exhibition, 1975, is historically significant because it is the only visual art event that foregrounds the contributions of woman artists and diasporic Cambodian artists to the construction of a post-war and post-genocide society. Although the dates for the exhibition coincide with the Season of Cambodia festival, the exhibition is independently organized and funded.
There are few exhibitions of contemporary Cambodian art in the world in general, and in the U.S. in particular. Your contribution will help us make this exhibition happen!
Who are the artists in the exhibition?
Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist and scholar whose works span performance, installation, video, poetry, public encounters, and political agitation. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. She is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent artist-run media lab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she currently resides. For further details about her work and process, visit www.studio-revolt.com.
Amy Lee Sanford is a Cambodian American visual artist who works cross media, from drawing and sculpture to performance and video. Her art addresses the evolution of emotional stagnation, and the lasting psychological effects of war, including aspects of guilt, loss, alienation, and displacement. She was born in Phnom Penh during the Lon Nol government of the early 1970s; her father, an intellectual, sent her out of the country with his American wife nine months before the Khmer Rouge took over the country. Currently, she is an artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, through the Season of Cambodia events taking place in New York. Her work can be seen at www.amyleesanford.com.
LinDa Saphan was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Fleeing the Khmer Rouge regime, she and her family lived for more than two decades in Canada and France. In 2005, Saphan co-organized Visual Arts Open, a landmark contemporary art festival that introduced Cambodian artists to the international art market. Recognizing a lack of resources to support women artists in Cambodia, she established the “Selapak Neari” program the same year, providing workshops, networking opportunities, and an exhibition space for emerging women artists. At the same time, she curated the first group exhibition at the Ministry of Fine Arts and Culture. Saphan earned a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Sorbonne in 2007. Her work can be seen atwww.saphan.info.
Who is the curator?
Chuong-Dai Vo is an independent curator and writer based in NYC and a Visiting Scholar at MIT. Her curatorial and scholarly work focus on how war and diasporic migrations affect the production of literature, cinema and visual culture, in particular in the circuits between Asia and the U.S. She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright Program and the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, among others. Her most recent project was a co-curated group exhibition titled War is for the Living.
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Twelve Gates Arts Presents:
Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff in collaboration with the artists
October 5 – October 26, 2012
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday October 5, 6pm-8pm
51 North Second St., Old City
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Twelve Gates Arts is thrilled to host the inaugural showing of CARE Package a small-scale international traveling show of five female artists of Asian descent. Taking inspiration from the concept of care package sent to each host country, artists Shelly Bahl, Shelly Jyoti, Laura Kina, Saira Wasim, and Anida Yoeu Ali created multi-media “gifts” to be shared with local audiences. Philadelphia is the city where packages destined for Europe after WWII were assembled for shipment by the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE, Inc.); now it is set to be the first city to receive this unique gift. The universal concept of a gift here acts as a stage for the artists’ stories, which promise to tackle issues of nationhood, race, gender, religion, & economic exploitation.
Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist born in Benares, India, and currently based in New York City. Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, photography and video, has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally over the past 16 years. Her recent projects include group exhibitions at: Queens Museum of Art, White Box, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, India Art Summit, Aicon Gallery, and Religare Arts Initiative.
Shelly Jyoti is a New Delhi based visual artist, fashion-designer, a poet and an independent curator whose research centers on designs of 20th century textiles, costumes and historical iconographic elements within the cultural context of Indian history. Her textile art series ‘Indigo Narratives ‘ (2009-12) and ‘Beyond Mithila’ (2008-12) have shown internationally and have been reviewed by leading national newspapers and Art magazines. Her essays and art publications are included in Sahitya Akademi of Indian English literature and Art magazines. She has lectured and held workshop series on 6 &7th Century Indian art-forms in academic institutions and international universities.
Laura Kina is Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Her paintings and textile works address Asian American history and mixed race representations. Her artwork has shown internationally and been published in Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press, 2011); Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010); and Embracing Ambiguity: Faces of the Future (Cal State Fullerton, 2010); The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation (Spertus Museum, 2007).
Saira Wasim has carved a niche for herself with her innovative and meticulously crafted Persian miniatures, which she employs to make devastating political and social commentary. Ms. Wasim’s work has been widely feted, and has been exhibited at numerous prominent art institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Asia Society in New York, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. She has recently noted that persecution as an Ahmadiyya Muslim was key in shaping her artistic perspectives. New York Times describes her work as “exquisite political cartoons that conjure and sometimes borrow directly from Norman Rockwell”.
Anida Yoeu Ali is a performance artist, writer, and global agitator. She is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. In 2011, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh as part of her U.S. Fulbright Fellowship research on creation mythologies. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to art making, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. From the Faroe Islands to the Bronx, Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City, she lectures, exhibits and performs internationally. Ali is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent media lab operating out of Phnom Penh where she currently resides.
Ombretta Agrò Andruff is a New York-based freelance curator, art critic and consultant. She has curated solo and group shows in Europe, the US, and India, collaborating with museums, art festivals, and art fairs – such as Queens Museum of Art, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Armory Show, The Art Basel Miami Fair, The Downtown Arts Festival, The d.u.m.b.o. art under the Bridge Festival. She is a New York contributor for Italian art magazines Arte Critica, Tema Celeste, and Label and collaborates as well with the New York-based, The Art Tribune and New York Arts Magazine. She has recently joined the staff of Asian Contemporary Art Week as Associate Director.
Twelve Gates Arts (12G) is a non profit (501(c)(3) pending) organization created with the aim to showcase international arts bound by the sensibilities of a diaspora identity, including the South Asian identity, to create and promote projects crossing cultural and geographical boundaries, and to educate the community about diaspora culture.
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