Art Radar has put together a list of 5 interesting videos and related articles on Asian contemporary art.

Wondering what to do with your free time this summer? Check out some videos on Asian contemporary art summarised on Art Radar.


Click here to watch Rashid Rana in conversation with Glenn Lowry at MoMA on YouTube

1. Rashid Rana and Glenn Lowry on the inaugural Lahore Biennale 2017 – video

The inaugural edition of the Lahore Biennale, Pakistan’s first art biennale, will take place in November 2017, and is set to become the country’s largest contemporary art event ever. Renowned artist, academic, curator and Lahore native Rashid Rana (b. 1968) was named Artistic Director in March this year.

Earlier in May 2016, Rana spoke at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with MoMA Director Glenn Lowry about his plans for the inaugural biennale. Rana shed light on his personal art practice, his previous curatorial projects and his ambitions for Lahore’s upcoming flagship biennial event.


 Click here to watch Art Basel 2016 Conversations: Samson Young and Tatsuo Miyajima on YouTube

2. Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 Conversations: artists Tatsuo Miyajima and Samson Young – summary

As part of the Conversations programme at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, Hong Kong sound artist Samson Young and Japanese new media artist Tatsuo Miyajima discussed their visual symbolism, the challenges and opportunities presented by technology and new media, and the links between self-reflection and social engagement in their innovative works.

Samson Young has recently been selected to represent Hong Kong at the 57th Venice Biennale opening in May 2017.


Click here to watch Ai Weiwei in conversation with Tim Marlow: Part 1 on Vimeo

3. Duchamp and politics: Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy in London – video

London’s Royal Academy Artistic Director Tim Marlow conducts a revealing interview with Ai Weiwei on the occasion of his exhibition “Ai Weiwei” launched on 19 September until 13 December 2015. The landmark exhibition, which marked the artist’s first major institutional survey in the United Kingdom, was curated by the RA Artistic Director together with Senior Curator Adrian Locke, and featured some of his most significant artworks from 1993 to the present.

Ai, who was elected a Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Arts in May 2011, also presented new, site-specific installations and interventions throughout the RA spaces.

Read the article to view the second part of the video interview between the artist and the curator.


Click here to watch Artshare’s Conversation Series with William Lim on Vimeo 

4. William Lim: Collecting Hong Kong – Artshare video

In a 2015 video interview produced by Artshare, Hong Kong architect, artist and collector William Lim talks about his passion for collecting art from his home city, Hong Kong’s place in the global art scene and his recent book The No Colors.

Artshare‘s short video interview with one of the most important figures in the Hong Kong art scene came at a time when the art world was shifting its focus to Hong Kong. March 2015 featured the annual flagship art fair Art Basel Hong Kong and the launch of a new art fair, Art Central.

As an art collector, Lim is one of the most significant figures in Hong Kong contemporary art. Lim was Co-chairman of the non-profit space Para Site, and is still on the Gallery Advisory Committee of the Asia Society, a Board member of Asia Art Archive and serves on the Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee for the Tate in London.


Click here to watch the Vastari symposium “The Axis Shifting East” on YouTube

5. On sanctions in the Iranian art market – Vastari video

On 30 October 2014, Vastari hosted a symposium entitled “The Axis Shifting East” to coincide with the opening of Asian Art in London. Of the three panel discussions, “The Effect of Lifting Sanctions on Export of Art from Iran” was the third and last in the symposium hosted by Vastari with Georgina Adam from The Art Newspaper. Speakers gave illuminating perspectives on the legal and practical implications of lifting sanctions on the export of art from Iran and the Gulf Area.

The panelists included Janet Rady, specialist of Middle Eastern contemporary art at The Auction Room; Daniel McClean, lawyer specialising in art law, intellectual property law and media law, curator and writer; and Soheila Sokhavari, Iranian-born contemporary multimedia artist.


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Related topics: curatorial practice, biennials, biennales, museum shows, Asian artists, art fairs, art market, collectors, censorship of art

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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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