CPA Lecture | Encircling the Museum from the Countryside
Dec 22, 2019 Sunday 15:00 - 17:00
1F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
In the talk, Amy Lien and Harry Burke will be jointly responding to the CPA research theme of ‘Institution Building’. Assessing various case studies in Asia, their presentation will explore points of difference and convergence shared between large-scale institutional structures and self-organized collectives. They will begin by discussing some of the ways in which museums in Asia have assumed the role of defining contemporary art in the region. They will then address how collectives are challenging this narrative, with particular attention given to the foregrounding of community as an aesthetic frame. Among the examples of collectivised practices in Southeast Asia that they will consider are Pasirputih, who have responded to the problematic tourism economy in Lombok, Indonesia, and the artist-activist group SAKA, whose work has been developed in the context of agrarian reform campaigns in the Philippines. These case studies will be expanded upon through experiences shared from their ongoing collaborative practices, such as Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho’s recent project “Alternatives to Land” - an experimental seminar, produced in collaboration with Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, that sought to position the museum in relation to regional and global land struggles. Throughout, Lien and Burke will ask how institutional resources can be used to generate solidarity among non-institutional projects, and contribute to alternative terrains for art and notions of contemporaneity to emerge from.... Read More
Amy Lien is an artist, whose practice with her collaborator Enzo Camacho together draws on translocational formations of culture and discourse. They have held solo exhibitions at Hessel Museum at Bard, Annadale-on-Hudson; Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City; 47 Canal, New York; and Mathew Gallery, Berlin and have participated in group exhibitions at the Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover; the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok; and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. They have been Artists-in-Residence at Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh; am Artspace, Shanghai; the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; and Gluck50, Milan. Their writing has been published in Flash Art and Texte Zur Kunst, among others.
Harry Burke’s (b. 1990) criticism has recently appeared in Spike Art Quarterly, frieze, Leap, Art in America, and AKUMASSA, among other publications. From 2015-18, he was assistant curator at Artists Space, New York, and he has curated independent exhibitions, performances and poetry readings in Europe and Asia. His projects with Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho include ‘Hopes and dreams for the future’, a collaborative exhibition staged at cordova gallery in Barcelona, Spain, in 2018.
Free admission, reservation is required.