Asian Contemporary Art Week – 19-26 September 2013

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Welcome to the second edition of Asian Contemporary Art Week in San Francisco (ACAW-SF). Featuring 27 programs—from exhibitions to screenings, conferences, talks, and performances at numerous venues across the Bay Area—ACAW-SF 2013 celebrates the dynamics of Asian contemporary art practices.

This year’s highlight programs focus on specific locations in Asia. The intent is to contribute to ongoing reexaminations of cultural and historical specificity when positioning Asia in relation to the San Francisco Bay Area and the global context. This idea is exemplified by the daylong presentation-conversation In Dialogue: Drop a Pin, which draws attention to four distinct places: Hong Kong, Zhejiang, Kabul, and the fictional Xijing. The program foregrounds alternative narratives and proposes new associations and connections among different sites in Asia and the world at large.

Another new initiative that launches in the context of ACAW-SF 2013 is Alter-Circuit, a long-term collaboration with Et. al., a project-based gallery in San Francisco. Alter-Circuit focuses on diasporic practices, particularly those coming into conflict and contact with Asia, where context and identity are always in a state of becoming. Alter-Circuit draws paths into and out of one individual artist’s practice through durational endeavors that last for more than six months and are composed of exhibitions, events, research, writing, publishing, blogging, and more. The Berlin-based artist Virlani Hallberg will inaugurate Alter-Circuit.

Other highlight programs include Visions of Urban Change in China: A Conversation with Daniel Brook and Hu Fang at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, History of Histories: 50 Years of Afghan Films at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (guest programmed by Mariam Ghani and Leeza Ahmady), and Yanagi Sōetsu Comes Here, Without Invitation at the Kadist Art Foundation.

ACAW-SF 2013 continues its collaborative endeavor among cultural institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The new names this year include Arts Research Center, Don Soker Contemporary Art, Ever Gold Gallery, the Exploratorium, Gallery Paule Anglim, Hackett | Mill gallery, and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. News also comes from Los Angele, where a new initiative Pacific Connection has formed. Modeled after the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium San Francisco, Pacific Connection is a collaboration between Los Angeles cultural institutions, scholars, artists, and collectors to address the topics of the creation, interpretation, presentation, and circulation of Asian contemporary art. It will be launching its first art week in Los Angeles in the spring of 2014. ACAW-SF looks forward to this partnership with Pacific Connection and to the creation of an epicenter for Asian contemporary art on the West Coast.

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