Title: Asian Curatorial Forum - Session I, II & III (7th - 9th Nov 2019)
Date: 07-11-2019
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Eligibility: 18 yrs and above

Registration fee: Free Registration

Capacity: 250 People



Prameya Art Foundation is pleased to announce and present the second edition of the Asian Curatorial Forum in association with the National Culture & Arts Foundation (NCAF),Taiwan. The Asian Curatorial Forum is a travelling conference that aims to carry discourse on curatorial practices in Asia to a different city each time. The first edition initiated by NCAF took place in Dhaka in 2017 in association with the Britto Arts Trust and Bengal Foundation. With the second edition of ACF, Prameya Art Foundation is continuing its efforts in arts education and discourse building in its context.

The original impetus behind Asian Curatorial Forum was the need for an initiative to increase dialogue within Asia through sharing of experiences and knowledge regarding curatorial methodologies when such efforts are few. The Asia continent covers huge diversity with different regions, all of which are redefining the context of modernity, as they have all undergone unique transitions in their social and economic conditions. These kinds of shifts within the society also evoke the need for alternative approaches to the study of art, curatorial frameworks and programming within local institutions, as compared to the West, especially in the absence of sustained support from the State in several parts of Asia. Furthermore, curators and art historians are often key interlocutors who interpret and contextualize their local art contexts for global understanding, and the mantle falls on them to device nuanced narratives and methodologies towards these ends. Often, this involves writing histories of art, and curatorial propositions that reframe inherited modes of thinking about the art of a particular region. The organizing of such a platform for curators who work in this region, is also an attempt to create a meeting place for professionals from different Asian cities, to come and exchange their conceptual directions, methodologies, and sophistic methods that help engage with their local reality and the social conditions; various approaches to participation, pedagogy and programming, even beyond exhibition making.

The ACF 2019 will be divided into three sessions to take place over three days:

1. Transnational Curatorial Approaches (7th Nov 2019)

What is the currency of transnational flows of discourse on Asian contemporary visual culture, and what are possible dialogues that can be initiated? This session will explore ways by which curators have been able to initiate locally rooted cultural discourse when showing Asian art globally.

2. Building Trans-Asian platforms of art  (8th Nov 2019)

How can institutions, including non-profit spaces, foundations, and public art museums, work together within Asia? What’s the most urgent need in these times, and what kind of energetic role should these institutions engage with? We hope that through this discussion, we could depict a possible future for cooperation among art institutions across Asia and identify systems of funding, supporting, integrating and assisting the ecological system at the local and global level.

3. Curating Localities (9th Nov 2019)

What roles can artist-run and smaller non-profit spaces play in building infrastructure and discourse in their local context? This session will include curators from different regions exploring various methodologies by which they have dealt with this question.

7 November 2019 | 9:30am to 4pm

09:30–10:00 Opening Announcement
  09:30–09:35 - Representative, Prameya Art Foundation
  09:35–09:40 - Md. LIN Mun Lee, Chairman of National Culture & Arts Foundation, Taiwan
  09:40–09:45 - Representator, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India
  09:45–09:50 - Representator, School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
10:00–12:00 Session I: Transnational Curatorial Approaches I / What Kind of International (Biennale) do we need?
     Moderator : Anushka Rajendran | Curator, Prameya Art Foundation, India
  10:00-10:30 - Alia Swastika | Director, Biennale Jogja Foundation, Indonesia
  10:30-11:00 - Anita Dube | Artist & Curator, India
  11:00-11:30 - Monica Narula & JeebeshBagchi | Artist, Raqs Media Collective, India
  11:30-12:00 - Panel Discussion
12:00–13:00 Lunch Break
13:00–15:00 Session II: Transnational Curatorial Approaches II / Transnational Curatorial Practices Under The Age of Urgent.
  Moderator: Parul Dave Mukherji | Professor School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  13:00-13:30 - Cosmin Costinas | Executive Director & Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong
  13:30-14:00 - Roobina Karode | Director and Chief Curator, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India
  14:00-14:30 - Zarmeene Shah | Curator | Writer, Associate Professor and Head, Liberal Arts program, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Pakistan (by Skype)
  14:30-15:00 - Panel Discussion
15:00-16:00 Working Meeting 01 (closed session)
16:00-17:00 Tea Break
15:00-17:00 Workshop I | Alia Swastika | Director, Biennale Jogja Foundation, Indonesia


8 November 2019 | 9:30am to 2pm


09:30–13:00 Session III: Building the Trans-Asian Platform of Art / The future of curatorial practices and corporation in Asia.
  Moderator: Nobuo Takamori | National Culture & Arts Foundation, Taiwan
  09:30–10:00 - Boon Hui Tan | Vice President for Global Arts and Cultural Programs, and Director of Asia Society Museum, New York
  10:00–10:30 - Radha Mahendru | Senior Curator & Program Manager, KHOJ International Artists Association, India
  10:30–11:00 - Huang Chien Hung | Director, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
  11:00–11:30 – Ozge Esroy | Public Programmes Lead, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
  12:00–12:30 - Panel Discussion
13:00–14:00 Lunch & Working Meeting
14:00–16:00 Workshop II | Huang Chien Hung | Director, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

9 November 2019 | 9:30am to 4pm

9:30–12:00 Session IV: Curating Localities I / Why are artist-run institutions vital? Corporation and the creative system of local art scene.
  Moderator: Akansha Rastogi | Senior Curator, Exhibition & Programming, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India
  09:30–10:00 - Nguyen Nhu Huy | Visual Artist, Independent Curator, Art Critic and Song Writer and Poet, Vietnam
  10:00–10:30 - Jagath Weerasinghe | Senior Professor, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Sri Lanka
  10:30-11:00 - JIANDYIN | Collaborative Interdisciplinary Artists and Curators, Thailand
  11:30–12:00 - Panel Discussion
12:00–13:00 Lunch Break & Working Meeting
13:00–16:00 Session V: Curating Localities II / what can institutions do for sustainable local arts contexts?
  Moderator: Nobuo Takamori | National Culture & Arts Foundation, Taiwan
  13:00–13:30 - Tasneem Zakaria Mehta | Managing Trustee and Honorary Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, India
  13:30–14:00 - Sumitomo Fumihiko | Curator, Director of Arts Maebashi, Associate professor at Tokyo University of Arts, Japan
  14:00–14:30 - Anushka Rajendran | Curator, Prameya Art Foundation, India
  15:30–16:00 – Panel Discussion

Terms & Conditions:


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