ArtReview Asia vol 4, no 1

In this issue: Guan Xiao; Praneet Soi; Don't Follow the Wind: a show in the Fukushima radiation zone; Navin Rawanchaikul; Heman Chong quizzes Douglas Coupland about his latest exhibition; Cheng Tsun-Shing's forgotten photographs; plus columns and reviews from around the world


Previews & Columns

Previews – ArtReview Asia selects twenty shows on through March 2016: in London, Shanghai, Philadelphia, Singapore, New York, Seoul, Seattle, Beijing, Kanazawa and Dhaka.

Points of View – our writers on what’s happening in the artworld and beyond:

Maria Lind goes finds real imaginative knowledge in Walid Raad’s Beirut installation;
Twilight and Dawn, a new fiction piece by Hu Fang.


Guan Xiao
ArtReview Asia catches up with the Beijing-based artist, whose work reflects on how our image-saturated age has modified the relationship between people as individuals and the world that surrounds us. By Bowen Li

Praneet Soi
Based between India and Europe, Soi documents the social and political conditions that affect life in South Asia, oscillating between expressions of hope for a more tolerant future, and of sorrow about a lost past. By Niru Ratnam

Don’t Follow the Wind
To mark the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Japanese collective Chim ↑ Pom initiated a group exhibition project inside the Fukushima exclusion zone; although inaccessible to visitors, ArtReview Asia went there and investigated this singular project. By Taro Nettleton

Navin Rawanchaikul
The Thai’s latest work pushes on from issues enter of branding identity, to confront personal emotions, ghosts of the past and the interconnected histories of South, East and Southeast Asia. By Adeline Chia

Douglas Coupland
Following his recent Bit Rot exhibition at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, artist and novelist Douglas Coupland talks about his work as an artist and his own intuitive collection of artworks, images and objects. Interview by Heman Chong

Cheng Tsun-Shing
A photo-commentary exploring the forgotten photographs of Cheng Tsun-Shing, documenting Taiwan in the 1970s. By Wong Molin

Reviews from around the world

Siapa Nama Kamu? / Between Declarations and Dreams, inaugural exhibitions at National Gallery Singapore, by Mark Rappolt 
Liu Chuang at Magician Space, Beijing, by Edward Sanderson
Yan Xing at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, by Kristian Mondrup Nielsen
Zheng Bo at Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, by Wu Yan
Tsuyoshi Ozawa at Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, by Taro Nettleton
David Diao at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, by Fiona He
Nina Canell at Arko Art Center, Seoul, by Aimee Lin
Kyuchul Ahn at MMCA, Seoul, by Tiffany Chae
Richard Streitmatter-Tran at Dia Projects Dong Khoi, Ho Chi Minh City, by C.A. Xuan Mai Ardia
6th Moscow Biennale at VDNKh, Pavilion No.1, by Sergey Guskov
14th Istanbul Biennial, by Aimee Lin
Nguyen Trinh Thi at Jeu de Paume, Paris, by Heidi Ballet
Jitish Kallat at Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, by Christopher Mooney
Survival Is Not Enough at Rodeo, London, by Ming Lin
Ian Cheng at Pilar Corrias, London, by Ming Lin
8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, by Vera Mey

Book reviews

Art in the Anthropocene, edited by Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin
South: A State of Mind #6, edited by Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk
Yu Youhan, by Paul Gladston
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew


A new comic strip from Vannak Anan Prum, introduced by Paul Gravett, and a new Gallery Girl, which sees our favourite art mole go to in India.