Hugo Boss Asia Art 2015 shortlist reveals striking new artists

Hugo Boss Asia Art 2015 announces shortlist of six emerging artists from China and Southeast Asia.

The second edition of the award expands to the emerging practices of Southeast Asia as well as Greater China. The six artists reveal the notable new art emanating out of China, Taiwan, Myanmar, the Philippines and Cambodia.

Huang Po-Chih, 'Protein Boy', 2015, installation, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

Huang Po-Chih, ‘Protein Boy’, 2015, installation, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

On 25 June 2015, Shanghai’s Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS announced the shortlist for the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART: Award for Emerging Artists 2015. The second edition of the award renews its focus on Greater China as well as encompassing practices from Southeast Asia. The six artists, chosen from ten Asian countries, will participate in the award exhibition curated by and held at RAM from 30 October 2015 to 3 January 2016. In November, the winner will be announced – and will receive a stipend of CNY300,000 (approx USD48,270).

Guan Xiao, 'The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture', 2012, installation, mixed media, each 230 x 280 x 210 cm. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

Guan Xiao, ‘The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture’, 2012, installation, mixed media, each 230 x 280 x 210 cm. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

The Shortlist

The six artists come from China, Taiwan, Myanmar, the Philippines and Cambodia. Their artistic practices address a variety of issues, from social relationships, the self and the materiality of art, to the psychological effects of violence, politics and everyday life. Their oeuvre spans sculpture, installation, video, photography, painted images and performance.

Guan Xiao (b. 1983, Chongqing, China) creates multimedia work, from sculpture to video, that juxtaposes and combines elements from the past and future, the primitive and classical, to the crude and high-tech.

Huang Po-Chih (b. 1980, Taoyuan, Taiwan) reassembles the fragmented historical and cultural contexts of his experiences, creating daily consumer goods and events as ‘counterfeits’ – exploring how new meanings and definitions are initiated within complex social relationships.

Moe Satt (b. 1983, Yangon, Myanmar) is founder and organiser of Myanmar’s international performance art festival Beyond Pressure. He has travelled extensively to perform at home and internationally, with his awareness of the diverse regional landscapes of performance art allowing him a unique insight into his own practice and identity.

Moe Satt, 'The Bicycle Tyre-rolling' event from Yangon, 2013, performance and photography. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

Moe Satt, ‘The Bicycle Tyre-rolling’ event from Yangon, 2013, performance and photography. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

Maria Taniguchi (b. 1981, Dumaguete, Philippines) is concerned with materiality. She has explored various materials and objects through media as diverse as pottery, painted images, constructed objects and video. She questions the materiality of the subject and its place in time, in history and in our visual compendium.

Vandy Rattana (b. 1980, Phnom Penh) is inspired by photojournalism and documents natural and manmade disasters in his home country, as well as experiments with photographic abstraction and video. Rather than just chronicling a state of victimhood, his images acknowledge the processes of survival, resilience and healing in a context of modernity and transformation.

Yang Xinguang (b. 1980, Changsha, China) creates introspective work that seems to take inspiration from American minimalist sculpture and Arte Povera. He works with wood, earth and stone in a process-oriented practice.

Maria Taniguchi, 'Untitled' (detail), 2014, acrylic, canvas, wood support, unframed, 274 x 488 cm. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

Maria Taniguchi, ‘Untitled’ (detail), 2014, acrylic, canvas, wood support, unframed, 274 x 488 cm. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

The 2015 Jury

Chaired by Larys Frogier, Director of RAM, the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Jury comprises eminent institutional members, independent curators and art professionals with a deep knowledge of contemporary art practices in Asia.

The 2015 Jury includes:

Frogier, as quoted in the press release, elaborates on the conception of the accolade:

HUGO BOSS ASIA ART aims to develop long term and on-going examinations, combinations, confrontations between challenging topics and contexts. Indeed we consider Asia as a construction and as a question to investigate rather than a monolithic area and fixed identities. Asia is made of multi-sites to activate and to analyze in relation to its present on-going mutations, to its future development, and of course in articulation to its historical constructions.

Vandy Rattana, "Surface" series, 2012, photography. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

Vandy Rattana, “Surface” series, 2012, photography. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

Hugo Boss Asia Art 2015

HUGO BOSS, in collaboration with New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, founded the Hugo Boss Prize in 1996. Today it has become one of the most prestigious accolades in the art world. The biennial Asia Award was founded in 2013 with RAM to promote emerging artists from Asia. The first edition focused solely on Greater China and was awarded to Hong Kong artist Kwan Sheung Chi.

The 2015 iteration has been expanded to include Southeast Asia, not only through its artists, but also with a programme of educational events that will be taking place in their home cities, consisting of two parts – IN-BETWEEN BORDERS and WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ASIA.

Yang Xinguang, 'The Remaining Volume', 2014, wood, dimension variable. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

Yang Xinguang, ‘The Remaining Volume’, 2014, wood, dimension variable. Image courtesy the artist and RAM.

Throughout the programme, leading thinkers and practitioners will look into the region through diverse approaches, disciplines and subjects, with a special focus on the challenges in and between Greater China and Southeast Asia in contemporary art. In addition to taking place in the artists’ cities, activities will also run at RAM from August 2015 to June 2016.

Dr Hjördis Kettenbach, Head of Cultural Affairs, HUGO BOSS AG said:

The HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award is an important element in our Arts Sponsorship program. We are very happy to offer this platform to young talents for the second time, especially in such an important cultural context as Asia.

C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia

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