Power 100

Most influential people in 2020 in the contemporary artworld


Claire Hsu & John Tain

Curators - Founder and Head of Research at Asia Art Archive

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Photos: WendyNg(Tain); William Furniss. Courtesy Zolima City Mag (Hsu)

Since founding Asia Art Archive two decades ago, Hsu has established the nonprofit as a key regional resource centre with an ever-growing collection of over 100,000 records, including books, exhibition catalogues, objects and audiovisual recordings. For a repository of knowledge, its 20th anniversary programming is fittingly themed around different modes of learning. In terms of physical exhibitions Learning What Can’t Be Taught is about art education in China from the 1950s to 2000s. Online, Life Lessons hosted conversations between artists exploring the moments of learning that influenced their practices. And AAA continues to plug the gaps in Asian art history through crowdsourced projects like Wikipedia edit-a-thons. Since joining AAA in 2017, Tain has continued to broaden its international links, through research projects like Connecting Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, South and Southeast Asia, which culminated at this year’s Dhaka Art Summit, and further deepened its collecting focus, including the launch of two new archives – the Philippines’ Green Papaya Art Projects and Thailand’s Womanifesto.

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