Asian Cultural Council is excited to announce the launch of #AlumniACCess, a new social media series featuring global perspectives from our alumni community. By engaging alumni across countries and artistic disciplines, this collaborative series aims to foster international connections, meaningful conversation, and an expanded sense of community. This is an exciting opportunity to listen, learn, and connect with alumni on their artistic processes, fellowship experiences, interests, insights, and more. Keep an eye out for social media updates from our first set of featured alumni: Aki Inomata (ACC 2015), Frog the Parhelia (ACC 2016), and Reaksmey Yean (ACC 2018).
#AlumniACCess | Summer Series
Aki Inomata was born in 1983 in Tokyo, Japan, and is currently based in Tokyo. After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008, she received an ACC Fellowship in 2015 to observe contemporary art and participate in an artist residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program. Aki Inomata develops the process of co-creation with non-human animals into artworks. She presents what is born out of her interactions with living creatures as well as the relationship between humans and living things.
FROG THE PARHELIA
Frog (aka Dava/Elaine; any pronouns) is a Taiwanese-American interdisciplinary artist-performer born and raised in Monterey Park, California. In 2016, Frog received an ACC Visual Arts fellowship to study traditional shamanist practices in Mongolia. Currently Frog lives in upstate New York, tending gardens and running a publishing project called SunDogs Studio (@sundogs_studio).
A native of Battambang (Northwestern Cambodia), Reaksmey Yean is an art advocate and emerging art curator, writer, and scholar. Yean is an Alphawood scholar (SOAS, the University of London for Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art – in Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian Art), and was an exchange student at the Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs, Chiang Mai University. He is an inaugural SEAsia Award Scholar (2017), an Asian Cultural Council fellow (2018), and a beneficiary of Dr. Karen Mcleod Adair’s grant for an MA in Asian Art Histories at LASALLE College of the Arts. Currently, he is a program director and founder of Silapak Trotchaek Pneik (STP), a contemporary art space by Phnom Penh’s YK Art House, and a part-time lecturer at Phnom Penh International Institute of the Art (PPIIA).