How we define 'Asia' at Asia Art Archive is the question we are most frequently asked. Acknowledging both the value and limitations of the map as a tool, this project practices a mapping of Asia that does not exclusively depend on the map as artifact, but as something that lives and continues to unfold. We share with you some of the threads and (to borrow a geological term) hot spots that are currently shaping our notion of Asia.
Born out of the third issue of AAA's e-journal Field Notes, Mapping Asia takes physical form in this expanded publication. Contents include artist work, essays, an email exchange, exhibition reviews, literary excerpts, poetry, and a range of archival materials including photographs, newspaper clippings, and comics that examine multiple vantage points from which to consider Asia, looking beyond inherited boundaries, histories, and political and economic systems.
Notes from the Editors - Claire HSU(徐文玠), Chantal WONG(黃子欣)
Atlas of Asia Art Archive - (Group) MAP Office
Conversation between Rasheed Araeen and Chen Kuan-hsing - Rasheed ARAEEN, CHEN Kuanhsing(陳光興)
A Diagram of Asiatic Art by Okakura - Brinda KUMAR
A Short Story of Bagyi Aung Soe in Five Images - Yin Ker
Days of Cannibalism - Teboho EDKINS
After the Plague - Phoebe WONG(黃小燕)
The Critical Dictionary for Southeast Asia - HO Tzunyen(何子彥), Robert WESSING
A Parallel Narrative - Francisco CAMACHO
On Unconsolidated Grounds - Adam BOBBETTE