NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is hosting the launch of the Afterall journal issue 46, Autumn/Winter 2018 as well as the latest publication in the Afterall Exhibition Histories series, Artist-to-Artist: Independent Art Festivals in Chiang Mai 1992–98 with the presence of the editors.
As part of the three-year research and publishing partnership between the Nanyang Technological University and the University of the Arts London started in 2017, issue 46 was conceived in Singapore in a collective effort by the editorial team (Ute Meta Bauer, Ana Bilbao, Charles Esche, Anders Kreuger, David Morris, Anca Rujoiu, and Charles Stankievech). This issue traverses different geographies and contexts, from Southeast Asia to the Americas with a focus on artistic practices that take a clear position against the long-lasting endurance of oppressive systems, be it racial, patriarchal or colonial. The performative body of work of Singaporean artist Lee Wen and his explorations on identity and representation are unpacked in two essays by Alice Ming Wai Jim, Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories, Canada, and Võ H`ông Chu’o’ng-Đài, Researcher at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. Yin Ker, Assistant Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, discusses the internal complexities of the Burmese contemporary art scene in one of this issue’s contextual essays.
The discussion on issue 46 will be preceded by a presentation of Afterall’s history by its Co-founder, Charles Esche, Director of Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands. Celebrating 20 years of activity this year, Afterall journal is widely acknowledged for its in-depth analysis of artistic practices, contextual essays, engagement with exhibition histories and curatorial practices within various geographical constituencies.
Edited by David Teh and David Morris, Artist-to-Artist: Independent Art Festivals in Chiang Mai 1992–98 is published by Afterall Books in association with Asia Art Archive and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, United States. The publication is the first comprehensive survey on a series of festivals known as Chiang Mai Social Installation, emerging amidst a regional constellation of artists’ initiatives and independent spaces. The book presents extensive photographic documentation alongside a multivocal account by its participants and commissioned writers.
Introduction by Ute Meta Bauer
2.15 – 3.00pm
20 Years of Afterall, presentation by Charles Esche
3.00 – 4.00pm
Launch of the Afterall issue 46 introduced by editors: Ute Meta Bauer, Ana Bilbao, Charles Esche, Anders Kreuger, David Morris, Anca Rujoiu, and Charles Stankievech
4.15 – 5.00pm
Launch of the publication Artist-to-Artist: Independent Art Festivals in Chiang Mai 1992–98, Afterall Exhibition Histories, introduced by the book’s editors: David Teh and David Morris
5.00 – 5.30pm
Performative Reading by Peter Daniel Sipeli
*Kindly note that 1angrynative also planned on doing a reading, but due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be able to join.
Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is the Founding Director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University where she teaches in the MA in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices; and an editor of Afterall journal. Previously, she was Professor and Dean of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London and Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, where she served as the Founding Director of ACT, the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology.
Ana Bilbao (Mexico/United Kingdom) is an editor of Afterall journal and a Research Fellow in Afterall Research Centre in Central Saint Martins (CSM), University of the Arts London. She often teaches at the University of Essex courses in modern and contemporary art history, curating, and the history of exhibition-making. Recently she was a Visiting Scholar in the Art History department at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Charles Esche (Netherlands) is Director of Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands, Professor of Contemporary Art and Curating at CSM, University of the Arts London, and Co-director of Afterall journal and books. He teaches on the Exhibition Studies MRes course at CSM, and at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He received the 2012 Princess Margriet Award from the Eureopean Cultural Foundation and the 2014 Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College Prize for Curatorial Excellence.
Anders Kreuger (Sweden/Belgium) is Curator at M MKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, and an editor of Afterall journal. He was previously Director of the Malmö Art Academy and Exhibitions Curator at Lunds konsthall, Sweden, and a member of the Programme Team for the European Kunsthalle, Cologne. A frequent contributor to Afterall journal, Kreuger has also published numerous catalogue essays and other texts.
David Morris (United Kingdom) is an editor of Afterall journal and the Exhibition Histories series. He is Associate Lecturer on the Exhibition Studies MRes course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. He has also been working with the Semiotext(e) archive since 2011, with a focus on the 1975 Schizo-Culture conference.
Anca Rujoiu (Romania/Singapore) is a curator and editor of the Afterall journal. Curator for exhibitions and later Manager of Publications, she was part of the founding team at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore contributing to numerous exhibitions, as well as the public and publishing programme of the institution.
Charles Stankievech (Canada) is founding faculty member of the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Canada; Assistant Professor in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto; and an editor of Afterall journal. Since 2011, he has been Co-director of the art and theory press K. Verlag in Berlin.
David Teh (Australia/Singapore) is Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore. His writings have appeared in journals including Third Text, ARTMargins, Afterall, and Theory, Culture and Society. His book Thai Art: Currencies of the Contemporary was published by MIT Press in 2017. Teh is part of the curatorial team of the 2018 edition of Gwangju Biennale, South Korea.