Power 100

Most influential people in 2021 in the contemporary artworld


Christopher K. Ho, Claire Hsu & John Tain

Archivists - Executive Director, Founder and Head of Research at Asia Art Archive

12 in 2021

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Photo: Alfredo Esteban (Ho), Photo: William Furniss (Hsu), Photo: Wendy Ng (Tain)

An eventful year for Asia Art Archive (AAA), 2021 saw the stepping down of its influential cofounder and executive director, Claire Hsu. Her successor, Ho, was formerly a board member at AAA’s New York outpost. AAA, which documents and makes accessible materials on regional art histories, challenging traditional global narratives, has about 110,000 records in its collection. Its show at Tai Kwun, Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys, inspired by the personal archive of the Hong Kong artist Ha Bik Chuen, included ‘sets’ by five artists, among them Walid Raad and Kwan Sheung Chi, that engaged with knowledge production. Its many public education and outreach activities included a Mobile Library in Nepal developed with Siddhartha Arts Foundation, as well as a series of closed-door seminars called Art Schools of Asia. Three new archival collections were launched this year: the Oscar Ho Kong Kay Archive, the archive of Green Papaya Art Projects and Manila Artist-Run Spaces Archive.

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