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The song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ by Pete Seeger, heard on repeat as part of the flowers artwork, is listed as one of the top 20 most influencing political songs and an anti-war song from the 60s era. It is inspired by Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel The Quiet Flows the Don, and by three lines of an Ukrainian folk song: ‘where are the flowers, the girls have plucked them. where are the girls, they’ve all taken husbands. where are the men, they’re all in the army.’
Composed of the word ‘flowers’ in rose coloured neon light writing mounted on the simple cardboard box of a popular Vietnamese instant noodle brand, the work exudes a gentle and tender air. the noodle box is nostalgic and humble, an allusion to childhood years in the subsidized period, when the artist’s mother sold coffee and food to earn a living in hard times. Coming out from the box, a small set of headphones play the song like an echo; its sound creating a heady audio essence that emanates from within. Together, in a modest ode, these elements accentuate the interchange between the physical and intangible factors at play in the work, and slowly unfurl the complex notions of beauty and peace.
about the artist:
Tran Minh Duc (b.1982, Vietnam) is a visual artist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam working with the mediums of performance, photography, collage and installation. through a multidisciplinary approach, Tran seeks to explore collective memory and cultural archives by investigating historical narratives, the effects of colonialism and imperialism, and the lasting impacts of war and migration. He is interested in the interactions between the collective and individual, and the local and the foreign; his work forms a personal interrogation of what it means to be Vietnamese in the intricate fabric of contemporaneity. Tran graduated with a BA in painting from the College of Culture and Arts of Ho Chi Minh City, and has since exhibited widely in Vietnam and internationally. Tran is an alumnus of ACC -- in 2017, he received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to be in residence at Art in General in New York City, USA. His artwork flowers was previously exhibited with MoT+++ in 2015, and is part of the Post Vidai, a Vietnamese Art Collection.
Grantee: Tran Minh Duc
Curated by artist, writer and lecturer--and ACC alumna Angel Velasco Shaw, Not Visual Noise is a seminal photography exhibition that features more than 30 artists living in the Philippines and in the Filipino diaspora, many of them ACC alumni. It aims to showcase a diverse range of artists engaged in photography-based art practices whose works broadly represent what is happening in the fields of photography today — from photojournalism, long-form documentary photography to conceptual and installation photography, and web/social media-based projects. The exhibition examines the tension between high/low culture and high/low art photography in a media-saturated world in the hopes of drawing in wider and newer audiences.
Featured artists in this exhibition are National Artist Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera, Ezra Acayan, Alex Baluyut, Ringo Bunuoan, Nana Buxani, Geloy Concepcion, Kiri Dalena, Lizza May David, Neil Daza, Kawayan de Guia, Kidlat de Guia, Romina Diaz, Carlo Gabuco, Tommy Hafalla, Nap Jamir, Raffy Lerma, Wawi Navarroza, Neal Oshima, Gina Osterloh, Butch Perez, Rick Rocamora, Emmanuel Santos, Lawrence Sumulong, Stephanie Syjuco, Wig Tysmans, Veejay Villafranca, Boy Yñiguez, and MM Yu.
ACC alumnus Firoz Mahmud, Bangladesh; Sarah Mihara Creagen, Canada; Woomin Kim, South Korea; Yue Nakayama, Japan; Anna Parisi, Brazil; Shimpei Shirafuji, Japan; Catalina Tuca, Chile; Ramyar Vala, Iran
The Extraordinary is a group show of eight artists who are individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. The exhibition seeks to bring transparency to the immigration process and at the same time, inspect the system, which requires those selected to have “distinction” and be “renowned” in the arts—a subjective and complicated qualification.
Complimentary public programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, support group meetings with other visa seekers and awardees, artist talks and tours, among other relevant events.
Taking place at Hunter East Harlem Gallery (HEHG),the exhibition is generated from an open call where 123 artists applied hailing from 40 different countries.
Eight artists were selected by the prestigious jury made of:
✦ María del Carmen Carrión, Project Manager, Cisneros Institute at MoMA
✦ Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs, The Shed
✦ Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, Queens Museum
✦ Javier Telles, internationally recognized artist
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud
ACC alumnus Nam June Paik’s experimental, innovative, yet playful work has had a profound influence on today’s art and culture. He pioneered the use of TV and video in art and coined the phrase ‘electronic superhighway’ to predict the future of communication in the internet age.
This major exhibition is a mesmerising riot of sights and sounds. It brings together over 200 works from throughout his five-decade career – from robots made from old TV screens, to his innovative video works and all-encompassing room-sized installations such as the dazzling Sistine Chapel 1993.
Born in South Korea in 1932, but living and working in Japan, Germany and the US, Paik developed a collaborative artistic practice that crossed borders and disciplines. The exhibition looks at his close collaboration with cellist Charlotte Moorman. It also highlights partnerships with other avant-garde artists, musicians, choreographers and poets, including John Cage, ACC alumnus Merce Cunningham and Joseph Beuys.
Visual artist and ACC alumnus Trần Minh Đức is participating in the group exhibition ‘Singing to the Choir?’ at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre. Born in 1982 in Ho Chi Minh City, Đức is interested in the interactions between the collective and individual, the local and the foreign. His practice interrogates what it means to be Vietnamese in the complex fabric of today’s conflicted world. He graduated from the painting department of the College of Culture and Arts of Ho Chi Minh City, his work spanning performance, photography, collage, print-making and installation, exploring social memory and cultural archives through an investigation of historical narrative, colonialism, imperialism and the lasting impact of war and migration.
Discover ‘the Vietnamese’ in Đức’s works which will be displayed at the exhibition ‘Singing to the Choir?’ together with works by artists Phan Anh and Ngọc Nâu. The exhibition opens at 6pm, 8 November 2019 at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre.
Grantee: Tran Minh Duc
Bangladeshi artist and ACC alumnus Firoz Mahmud has been nominated for France-based COAL prize from the Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development (COAL) organization who work in the fields of contemporary art, sustainable development and research in order to promote the emergence of a culture of ecology. COAL reveals the ten international artists nominated for the 2019 COAL Prize and will be awarded on November 28, at 7.00 pm at Center Pompidou in Paris, France. Organized in collaboration with the Platform on Disaster Displacement and DISPLACEMENT: Uncertain Journeys, this year’s prize invited artists to tackle the critical issue of displacement related to disasters and climate change.
The the artworks will be exhibited at at Center Pompidou, Paris and at the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) through the Platform on Disaster Displacement -`Art meets policy`.
Platform on Disaster Displacement and Partners Bring Art to COP25
Details of the events are as follows:
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud
Prolific visual artists and ACC grantees Dex Fernandez (2014), Riel Hilario (2012), and Winner Jumalon (2017) are featured in “Beyond Sea Level” the latest group show to inaugurate the newest art hub east of Manila.
“Beyond Sea Level” presents exciting and diverse pieces of over 30 artists at the Art Sector Gallery located in Bingangonan, Rizal. Curated by Antonio Leaño, Dex’ acrylic piece “Picture Picture Tiny Little Dancers and Photobomber Smiling Entity,” Riel’s carved wood “The Cradle,” Winner’s oil on canvas “Avenida” and other works may be viewed until December 15, 2019.
NEW ASIAN FUTURISMS
ARTISTS: Saks Afridi | Melissa Chen | Amir-Behan Jahanbin | Firoz Mahmud | JiSoo Lee | Leeroy New |Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth:The Queer Intifada | Eva Wǒ
WORKING GROUP: Ching-In Chen | Wit López | Atif Sheikh | Li Sumpter
September 27 – December 6, 2019 | Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Opening Reception: First Friday, October 4, 6-9pm
Closing Reception: First Friday, December 6, 6-9pm
Mainstream fictions, especially science fiction of doomed futures and metaphors for oppression often evoke fear. Instead, what if we repaired the imaginations of fragmented pasts and accepted the new formats of allegory, dialogue, expression; accepted the post-human biome. A shift in perspective and observing multiple histories of diverse communities can inspire us to look forward to looking forward. What if we could use a new futurism to create a narrative of hope?
In New Asian Futurism, we asked artists to imagine a place beyond time and space, a backdrop for the imagination of queer, differently abled, of multiplicity of thought; to continue the journeys embarked upon by Afrofuturists like Samuel R. Delaney, Sun Ra and most importantly, Octavia Butler. What if we made the traditional purview of science fiction more inclusive; unapologetically naturalist, spiritual and healing. Responding to these questions with existing media, New Asian Futurism is a public arts program to showcase visual art, digital media, poetry and performance.
The Congo Biennale is a Congolese contemporary festival of art, which will take place over 33 days in public spaces, a fine Art Institute, gallery spaces, Kin Art Studio space, the French Institute and Bilembo art center. More than 40 artists, designers, architects, art historians, curators, art critics and others from 5 continents, have been invited to propose a project that will be realized and presented as part of this international event in the cosmopolitan city of Kinshasa. ACC alumnus Firox Mahmud is one of the participating artists.
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud
In Zero Grasses, ACC alumna Jen Shyu weaves together composition, vocals, dance, piano, Japanese biwa, Korean gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, and electronics into a ritualistic solo performance. This new project addresses—and aims to heal—the loss of communication between humanity and nature, and the need to restore human bonds.
Free and open to the public.
Grantee: Jennifer Shyu
Wednesday Nights will never be the same as the JazzCat LeRoy Downs, Mr Musichead Art Gallery and All Music Television present the Just Jazz Live After Work Concert Series with a Jen Shyu Solo Performance on Wednesday, November 13th at the Mr Musichead Art Gallery on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Come early for a Wine Reception and Art Gallery tour and stay for the music. Visit www.justjazz.tv to check out upcoming shows, artists bios and performance schedules and to buy posters and tickets. The Just Jazz Live Music After Work Concert Series. Where Music & Art Meet. Every Wednesday beginning May 23, 2018. Doors open at 6pm. VIP Reserved guests receive guaranted seating and free beer and wine. Limited seating.
Grantee: Jennifer Shyu
World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma received an ACC Fellowship in 1985 to serve as a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. His work takes inspiration from nature and natural materials in a modernistic approach that explores the recovery and revitalization of the traditional aesthetics of Japanese architecture. The New National Stadium in Tokyo, is on view in Japan Society's exhibition, Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020. Kuma will share his recent projects and dynamic vision beyond 2020 through his holistic approach in creating architecture in harmony with the environment towards a new quality of living.
If you missed it, see the live-streamed video here!
About East-West Dialogues
East-West Dialogues* is ACC's annual lecture series that engages distinguished thought leaders from the arts and cultural fields in Asia and the West. The series aims to encourage critical thinking and promote cross-cultural dialogue, exchange and understanding to further the mission of the Asian Cultural Council. This year's East-West Dialogue is co-organized and co-presented by Asian Cultural Council and Japan Society.
*East-West Dialogues was established by a generous endowment gift from Tsuneko and Shoji Sadao.
On the occasion of the ACC alumnus Song Dong's solo exhibition at Pace’s gallery in London this fall, Pace Live will present a week-long screening of video works and films that document his ongoing performance practice from the 1990s to the present. Among the works featured in the presentation are Broken Mirror (2005)—a film comprised of opposing images that together expose the struggle of Beijing culture to maintain its traditions despite the inevitable forces of urbanization—and Touching My Father (1998), a video in which Song projects an image of his own hand onto his father’s body, alluding to traditional relationships between fathers and sons and offering a metaphorical bridge across the generation gaps that have marked China’s recent development. Beijing-based artist Song Dong's performances and videos explore the duality of the poetic and the political, the personal and the global, to question the nature of reality in the face of China’s rapid modernization.
Pace Live is a new multidisciplinary initiative encompassing music, dance, film, performance, and conversation, programmed specifically for Pace’s new global headquarters in NYC. Pace Live occupies a 150-seat multi-use space on the gallery’s 7th floor and will give artists, scholars, and other critical forces in the field the opportunity and flexibility to experiment across a range of disciplines and connect with the public in new ways.
Grantee: Song Dong
Sung in Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, and English, ACC alumna Jen Shyu's multilingual and multi-instrumental piece Nine Doors explores powerful female legends as guides to her study of the importance of empathy. | | Tickets $15; Students $7 | Accessible Seating available by calling the Box Office |
Grantee: Jennifer Shyu
ACC alumna Tiffany Chung (Vietnam/USA) is noted for her cartographic drawings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and theater performances that examine conflict, migration, displacement, urban progress and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory.
Grantee: Tiffany Chung