The Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium San Francisco (ACAC- SF) will hold its second Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW-SF) September 19-26 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Partnering with 19 cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area, ACAW-SF will bring together an international group of artists from over 10 different countries to participate in an eight-day event celebrating the diversity and dynamics of Asian contemporary art practice.
Formed in 2010, ACAC-SF serves as a collaborative platform creating a broad alliance of artists, curators, museum directors, gallery owners, educators and collectors dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of Asian contemporary art and design in the San Francisco Bay Area.
ACAW-SF is one of the key programs of the organization that brings together a number of institutions for one intensive week of Asian Contemporary Arts programs and exhibitions.
"Through these collaborative endeavors among cultural institutions, ACAW-SF acknowledges the Bay Area arts communities' dedication to participating and contributing to discourses on art and culture exchanges between Asia and California in a global context" says Xiaoyu Weng, ACAC-SF Director, "Our 2013 programming focuses on specific locations in Asia, highlighting alternative political and historical narratives addressed by cultural practitioners which are often overlooked and bypassed by mainstream media."
This year's centerpiece, entitled In Dialogue: Drop a Pin, brings four distinct panelists (Inti Guerrero, James T. Hong, Mariam Ghani, and Gimhongsok) to the Bay Area to participate in a discussion reflecting on the generalizing of globalization and the oversight of individual localities.
The program references the virtual motion of dropping a pin on a map and the ability to draw new paths to any other point in the world. The daylong dialogue serves as an open platform to examine each speaker's practice and the geopolitical specificities that have shaped it. Panelists will pull from their specific points of departure (Hong Kong, Zhejiang, Kabul and the fictional Xijing), linking them to various destinations and viewpoints, including the culturally diverse Bay Area.
In collaboration with Et. al., a project-based gallery in San Francisco, ACAW-SF 2013 will launch Alter-Circuit, a new initiative focusing on diasporic practices in which identity is always in a state of change and synthesis, particularly those coming into contact and conflict with Asia.
Working closely with an individual artist, Alter-Circuit draws paths into and out of the artist's practice via durational endeavors composed of exhibitions, events, research, writing, blogging, etc., while also inviting other collaborators to participate in the conversation.
Debuting with artist Virlani Hallberg, Alter-Circuit: Virlani Hallberg features the single-channel video Receding Triangular Square (RTS), a collaboration between the artist and the psychoanalyst and cultural theorist Leon Tan. RTS explores the philosophies and practices of healing in Taiwan, in contrast to the alternative but dominant Euro-American psychiatric and psychotherapeutic paradigms.
Other ACAW-SF 2013 Highlight Programs include Visions of Urban Change in China: A Conversation with Daniel Brook and Hu Fang at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; History of Histories: 50 Years of Afghan Films at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, guest programmed by Mariam Ghani and Leeza Ahmady; and In Conversation: Yanagi Sōetsu Comes Here, without Invitation, a discussion between artist Koki Tanaka and curator/writer Hu Fang at Kadist Art Foundation.
ACAW-SF will take place September 19 to 26, 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Venues will include Asian Art Museum, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California College of Arts, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Jose Museum of Art, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, to name a few.
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