ArtReview Asia Winter issue out now

Inside

Raqs Media Collective
With more than two decades of work behind them, the oeuvre of Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta continues to defy categorisation. Here, Cleo Roberts talks to the collective about their current installation at Firstsite in Colchester, England, their curated exhibition In the Open or in Stealth (currently on view at MACBA, Barcelona)

Katharina Grosse
Mark Rappolt on the German artist’s latest solo exhibition Mumbling Mud, opening this weekend at K11 Art Mall in Shanghai

Laotian Art Scene
With the advent of the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art opening in Brisbane and two contemporary art events in Vientiane (Elevations Lao and Lao Art Season), Anna Koshcheeva reflects on what this means for the development and distribution of contemporary Laotian art

Bangkok Biennale
Max Crosbie-Jones wanders through Bangkok’s ‘insurgent’ art festival, finding a much-needed injection of life into the tired formula of Thailand’s many biennials

Cuauhtémoc Medina on the 12th Shanghai Biennale
Ahead of the opening of the 12th Shanghai Biennale, curator Cuauhtémoc Medina talks to Aimee Lin about the differences in the canons of Western and Eastern art history, what it means to be historically ambivalent and whether biennials really matter

Plus…

Nirmala Devi’s pick of 23 winter shows – in Shanghai, Taipei, Singapore, Qinhuangdao, Hong Kong, Düsseldorf, Moscow, Jakarta, Melbourne, Tasmania, London and Kochi

Charu Nivedita looks to ritual celebrations, including Mayani kollai, which sustain marginalised populations in an increasingly fundamentalist India; Deepa Bhasthi reflects on the politics language in India as the government attempts to impose Hindi as the country’s national language

Reviews from around the world…
12th Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders, by Fi Churchman
Ronnie van Hout at Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, by Rosemary Forde
Catastrophe and the Power of Art at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, by Micheal Do
Roy Dib at Galerie Tanit, Beirut, by MK Harb
Akram Zataari at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, by Louise Darblay
Aditya Novali at Shanghart, Singapore, by Adeline Chia
Steirischer Herbst 18, various venues, Graz, by Ben Eastham