Alumni Events Around the World

Exhibition / China

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

March 9, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Civilization: The Way We Live Now presents nearly 300 works by more than 130 of the world’s most renowned photographic artists, offering a complex and sprawling vision of contemporary life. The images gathered here, produced in the past 25 years, speak to the changes brought about by globalization, and draw attention both to the increasing amount of complexity and conflict, and to the unprecedented degree of interdependence, that characterize life today. They attest, as well, to the development of the medium of photography, and its ability to document these sweeping changes. Organized in collaboration between UCCA and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, the Beijing presentation of Civilization is curated by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell.

In his 2011 book, Civilization, the historian Niall Ferguson notes: “These days most people around the world dress in much the same way: the same jeans, the same sneakers, the same T-shirts… It is one of the greatest paradoxes of modern history that a system designed to offer infinite choice to the individual has ended up homogenizing humanity.” This paradox lies at the core of “Civilization,” which strives to explain the “complex whole” that is modern society, in all its spiritual and material richness. The photographers in this exhibition depict, reveal, examine, criticize and otherwise reflect our hyper-modern and complex social terrain, from Edward Burtynsky’smassively transformed landscapesto Lauren Greenfield’s revealing urban portraits,from Toshio Shibata’s highly ordered tableaus to Xing Danwen’s electronic pollution.

The exhibition is divided into eight sections. “Hive” explores the systems of cohabitation and collaboration that have developed in urban settings. “Alone Together” documents the solidarities and estrangements found within communities, as well as the effect of the internet on sociality. “Flow” testifies to the accelerated production and widening wealth gap in the post-industrial world. “Persuasion” explores the power of symbolic capital, from marketing strategies to consumption habits, from religious beliefs to personality cults. “Control” examines humanity’s ability to create order, resolve disputes, and organize political and social structures. “Rupture” focuses on the breakdown of this order, and the conflicts between individuals and collectives. “Escape” follows the ascent of recreational culture, where relaxation, entertainment, adventure, and thrill-seeking offer freedom from the given. Finally, “Next” presents visions of the future, questioning teleological narratives of development.

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Grantee: Xing Danwen

Exhibition / Germany

Island of Freedom

March 8, 2019 - May 10, 2019

In addition to a number of scientists and artists, the Japanese artist and activist Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, an ACC alumni, was invited to design the central island of freedom for the ZU. Since Kaihatsu's works are always based on a cooperative formation and reinterpretation of a concrete social environment, his island of freedom will by no means correspond to the cliché of the lonely island. Rather, the Japanese activist creates a space that looks like a futuristic extra-terrestrial living room and invites you to grapple with questions of freedom in the 21st century in various formats. The result is a spaceship of free speech.

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Grantee: Kaihatsu Yoshiaki

Exhibition / United States

Aliens of Manila: New York Colony

March 9, 2019 - April 15, 2019

AliensofManila is an immersive site-specific installation by ACC alumnus and artist/designer Leeroy New and curated by Pintô director Luca Parolari. It will launch at Pintô International’s East Village headquarters at 431 East 12th Street on March 9, 2018. In the meantime, New’s Aliens of Manila will be making public appearances in New York City throughout this week. Keep an eye out for the Aliens as you navigate the streets of NYC! 

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Grantee: Jan Leeroy New

Exhibition / United States

DINH Q. LÊ: TRUE JOURNEY IS RETURN

September 14, 2018 - April 7, 2019

The largest solo exhibition in the United States in more than a decade of the work of internationally-renowned artist Dinh Q. Lê, this exhibition of five major video and photography installations entwines rarely heard narratives of war and migration from people in North Vietnam, the Vietnamese diaspora, and refugees who, like Lê, have returned to live in their home country. Assembling these obscure stories through the collection of found photographs, artists’ war sketches, and oral histories, Lê presents a multifaceted story about Vietnamese life before, during, and after the Vietnam War. In the process, he questions the viability of collective memory and reveals the effects of trauma on the cultural imagination.

ACC has provided support to the San Jose Museum of Art for this exhibition.

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Grantees: San Jose Museum of Art, Le Dinh Q.

Exhibition / United States

Tsui Kuang-Yu - Exercise Living:Stay Calm

March 11, 2019 - April 7, 2019

This exhibition presents new work created during Kuang-Yu Tsui's residency at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, which is part of his Asian Cultural Council 2018 Program. The show includes video "Exercise Living: Stay Calm," documentation of an experiment conducted at Portsmouth Square in Chinatown, San Francisco. The present social and environmental factors have created a unique social sphere in this Square, but is this also a microcosm of our world?

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Grantee: Tsui Kuang-Yu

Performance / Hong Kong

Pride

March 16, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Arrogance and inferiority are mutually exclusive yet they co-exist. The scourge of pride wreaks havoc, causing the sadness and joys of life to fall out of place. Jason and Tanya have fallen in love, yet they cannot move forward together. What makes Jason hang back? What taboo stands in the way of primal instincts?
Jason’s life is at a stalemate. He is stuck between East and West, his hometown and a foreign land, repression and explosion, the earth and the moon. His feet cannot touch the ground, his body afloat with no sense of direction…
No matter in love or friendship, society or politics, he cannot free himself from his own arrogance.
Award winning director Rocelia Fung work together with emerging playwright Wang Haoran (both ACC alumni), create a theatre piece that challenges our very thresholds.

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Grantees: Fung Rocelia Wai Hang, Wang Haoran