2017 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX)

2017 GAX in Buenos Aires
May 25-June 2, 2017

Guillermo Ueno, Untitled, 2017. Black and white 35mm negative, 30x40cm. Courtesy of the artist.

The 2017 GAX in Buenos Aires programs taking place from May 25-June 2, 2017 are a culmination of exchanges with scholars, arts administrators, and practicing artists in Buenos Aires as well as ongoing discussions and activities with GAX scholars and collaborators.

The resulting program is a comparative look at current issues and contexts in global art and visual cultures that are both local and global in nature and derived from the the changing city: from politics and memory to migration and transnational and diasporic practices, from Indigenous practice and performance to gentrification and land use, from collections practices and interpretation to discourse and curation.

The program continues with its public symposia, as well as closed working sessions, and site and studio visits with the GAX and collaborating scholars, arts practitioners, and artists.


SYMPOSIUM: May 26 – May 27, 2017
Sites of Resistance: Narrative, History and Public Space

Aili Chen, Habitación 118, 2013. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist.

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU in Buenos Aires. Hosted by MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and NYU in Buenos Aires.

Schedule and registration

This 2017 GAX Symposium is set in the background of an ongoing comparative investigation by GAX scholars and activities since 2013 under the rubric of Global Asias Art and Visual Cultures, which includes reflections on changing connotations of Asia, the modern and the global with its sets of networked economies and circuits of artistic production and visual flows. The symposium will continue with its site in Buenos Aires in the Global South with an evolving awareness of mobilities and migration, and expanded view into ways in which site, narrative, memory, and history converge. How and who is iterating the narratives and aesthetics of history, memory, and site, and what possibilities exist for resistance and counternarratives that can form a part of socially engaged practice or open up moments of awareness of place and the local in relation to global responsibility, power, and accountability to a planetary ethics of the visual. Panel Topics will include: The Politics of Memory and Narrating Place, The Changing City: Erasures and Renewal, Memory and Resistance.

This symposium will be concerned with widening the frame to include interconnected contextualizations.

The exchange and symposium will involve the top scholars working on current research in the field of Asian diasporic/Global Asias art and visual cultures. The symposium and GAX activities in Buenos Aires will lead up to a special issue of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas journal.


2017 GAX Scholars and Collaborators

Still from the film “La Salada,” 2014. Directed by Juan Martin Hsu. Courtesy of the filmmaker.

Regional Organizer and GAX scholar:

Anna Kazumi Stahl, Global Site Director, NYU in Buenos Aires

GAX Director:

Alexandra Chang, Director of Global Arts Programs, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

GAX Scholars and Collaborators:

Dipti Desai, Director of the NYU Steinhardt Art + Education Program, New York University
Oscar Ho, Director of the MA Program in Cultural Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Alice Ming Wai Jim, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Concordia University
Jacqueline Lo, Professor and Executive Director, Centre for European Studies and Associate Dean, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University
Thomas D. Looser, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program, Department of East Asian Studies, New York University
Cecilia Onaha, Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, National University of La Plata
Cintia Mezza, Curatorial and Program Director, PROA Foundation
Agustín Pérez Rubio, Artistic Director, MALBA
John Tain, Curator, Getty Research Institute

Artist Participants:

Aili Chen, artist and filmmaker
Andres DiTella, artist, performance
Juan Martin Hsu, filmmaker
Guillermo Ueno, artist and filmmaker

Special thanks to NYU in Buenos Aires and the Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost for their generous support.