ArtReview Asia vol 4, no 3

Featuring Maryanto, Ken Liu, Troy Chin, Mohammed Kazem, Grace Samboh on the late president Sukarno's vision of Indonesia, Chris Fite-Wassilak on the artist as bureaucrat, Clara Young on the aesthetic of workwear and more


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Our guide to the 21 must-see exhibitions this summer in Ghent, Minneapolis, Shanghai, Chichester, Beijing, Tokyo, Kanazawa, Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, London, Chiang Mai, Seoul, Aichi, Yogyakarta and Jakarta. By Nirmala Devi

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

Hu Fang’s fictional architect experiences a moral dilemma over prison design; Charu Nivedita reports from Tamil Nadu where politics is theatre and life is cheap; at this year’s March Meeting in Sharjah, Aimee Lin finds that conferences are really performances and that it’s not only dogs who bark at the moon; Maria Lind writes on artist Nazgol Ansarinia who captures the contrasts and contradictions of life in contemporary Tehran.



Indonesian artist Maryanto draws inspiration from social, economic, political and personal experiences in order to communicate the contemporary landscape of his home. By Aimee Lin

Nothing Is the Same, Yet Nothing Has Changed

The late president Sukarno’s vision of Indonesia continues to dominate representations of the country to such an extent that even art that critiques his vision is drawn into it. By Grace Samboh

Ken Liu on Paper

In an interview with American sci-fi and fantasy writer Ken Liu, he tells us about some of his other interests and activities as a poet, translator, lawyer and computer programmer. By Heman Chong

Prodigal Sunshine

Resident tourist Troy Chin holds a mirror up to daily life in the nation-state in the hopes of showing Singaporeans all that he had learned while away. By Joel Tan

Mohammed Kazem

The Dubai-based artist wants us to feel what we touch, see, hear and perhaps even taste. His diverse and generous photographic body of work, much of it plumbing memories of growing up in the fledgling emirate, aims to show us how. By Stephanie Bailey

Loving the inbox: the artist as bureaucrat

From filing cabinets and desk chairs to self-employer work-a-thons and consultant services, artists are finding inspiration from the drudgery of paper shuffling and corporate culture. By Chris Fite-Wassilak


As the blue-collar worker goes the way of the dinosaur, never has the aesthetic been more heralded in fashion. So have labour and craft now become a luxury good? By Clara Young


Exhibition reviews from Asia and beyond

Social Fabric: New Work by Marianna Hahn and Kwan Sheung Chi, at MILL6 Pop-up Space, Hong Kong, by Adeline Chia

Xue Feng, at Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, by Fiona He

South by Southeast. A Further Surface, at Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, by Zhang Hanlu

Koki Tanaka, at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Tokyo, by Jason Waite

Staging Film: the relation of space and image in video art, at Busan Museum of Art, by Young-jun Tak

Under My Skin, at Hite Collection, Seoul, by Tiffany Chae

Dusadee Huntrakul, at The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, by Max Crosbie-Jones

The Time is Out of Joint, at Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, by Kevin Jones

1497, at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, by Murtaza Vali

Keiji Uematsu, at Simon Lee Gallery, London, by Gabriel Coxhead

Cao Fei, at MOMA PS1, New York, by Wu Yan


Provoke: Between Protest and Performance. Photography in Japan 1960/1975, edited by Diane Dufour and Matthew S. Witkovsky

Man Tiger, by Eka Kurniawan

New Thai Style, by Kim Inglis

Sar: The Essence of Indian Design, by Swapnaa Tamhane and Rashmi Varma

Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep

Afterwork Readings, edited by Para Site and KUNCI Cultural Studies Center

The New Curator, edited by Natasha Hoare, Coline Milliard, Rafal Niemojewski, Ben Borthwick and Jonathan Watkins

A Burglar’s Guide to the City, by Geoff Manaugh

Ringier Annual Report 2015, by Helen Marten

The Strip: a new work by Megumi Igarashi (aka Rokudenashiko), introduced by Paul Gravett

Off the Record: In a sports pub in Bangkok, Gallery Girl unites gallerists against Western capitalism and incites an Asian artworld takeover.