Dubbed as Europe’s first boutique art fair devoted to contemporary Asian art, the Fourth Edition of Asia Now will take place from 17 – 21 Oct 2018 in Paris.
Alexandra Fain, Director of Asia Now, has invited CoBo Social to curate a series of video work and documentary films highlighting the richness of the Asian art scene.
For the first time, CoBo Social will showcase at Asia Now a selection of cutting-edge video works by Asia-based artists, as part of CoBo Social’s video art database project, Video Art Asia. Produced in the last two decades, these works collectively reflect the shifting perspectives and sensibility of a whole new generation of artists grown up in the rapid economic transformation in the Asian societies. A total of 25 video works by 20 artists & artist-collectives from 9 Asian countries are selected from the Video Art Asia online database, a research platform launched by CoBo Social in September 2017. These include Chinese artist Chen Tianzhou’s 19:53 (2015) which is an explicit reference to contemporary drug culture, alternative lifestyles and social freaks; Filipino-Dutch artist Martha Atienza’s Anito (2015) which record a Christianized animistic festival on Bantayan Island slowly turns into madness; Singaporean artist Sarah Choo’s Nowhere Near (2016) that depicts a panoramic composite of documented scenes across Paris, London and New York; Cambodian artist Svay Sareth’s I, Svay Sareth, eat rubber sandals (2015), a reference to both Jørgen Leth’s Andy Warhol eating a burger and Svay’s experience at a refugee camp during the war; Hong Kong artist Wong Ping’s Who’s the Daddy (2017), which introduces the tale of a disgraceful man who unexpectedly stumbles across the path of child rearing; Thai artist Kawita Vatanajyankur’s Scale 2 (2015), in which women’s daily chores are turned into “meditation postures” with resilience and fear.
CoBo Social will also present a double bill screening of two documentaries on collectors of Asian art, “The 24 Hour Art Practice” and “Uli Sigg: China’s Art Missionary”, by renowned Singaporean documentarist Patricia Chen. “The 24-Hour Art Practice” traces the journey of Dr. Oei (OHD), a whimsical Indonesian art collector who amassed one of the most significant collections of modern Indonesian art. “Uli Sigg: China’s Art Missionary”, followed the footpath of Swiss art collector, Uli Sigg, into the heart of the Chinese cultural space, as a preserver and custodian of cultural assets which is not his own, while challenging ethical thresholds and navigating cross-cultural boundaries. The documentary director Patricia Chen will be present during the screening for a “Meet the Director” post-screening event.
Saturday 20 Oct 2.30pm– 3.50pm
“Films on Collecting Asian Art– Patricia Chen in Feature” Curated by CoBo Social
The 24-Hour Art Practice (~ 55 mins)
The film, 24-Hour Art Practice, traces the journey of Dr. Oei (OHD), a whimsical godfather of Indonesian art who amassed one of the most significant collections of modern Indonesian art by adopting a round-the-clock open-door policy for sellers and visitors to his home. When he was alleged with attempting to authenticate fake works in his collection, the Indonesian art world became incensed and knotted over issues of provenance, authentication and accountability.
Set in the emerging art scene of Indonesia, this is the story of a singular collector and his unique ways of collecting, curating and sharing art works in his collection. It is also a story about the challenges faced by private art collecting in Indonesia and the expectations of the larger community when a collection is perceived to be representing the nation. The film addresses and raises for thought, issues of authenticity and provenance, of responsibility and accountability, of the tensions between public legacies and private succession plans for a cultural collection, and points to the crises of a proliferation of opinions but dearth of authenticating methodologies and authoritative sources.
Uli Sigg : China’s Art Missionary (~25 mins)
The journey of Swiss art collector, Uli Sigg, into the heart of the Chinese cultural space, as a preserver and custodian of cultural assets which is not his own — challenging ethical thresholds and navigating cross-cultural boundaries. Through the lens of art, it reveals that dogged determination coupled with passion can sometimes supersede cultural affinity and geographical proximity in instituting legacies.
Saturday 20 Oct 3.50pm– 4:30pm
“Meet the Director”
Conversation with Patrician Chen, Art Writer, Producer/Director (Leading Patrons of Asian Art) Moderated by Selina Ting (CoBo Social)
Video Art Asia Screening Program
Saturday 20 Oct 5pm-6.30pm
“Video Art Asia Screening Program” (Part I) – Curated by CoBo Social
For the first time, CoBo Social is invited by ASIA NOW to curate and showcase a selection of cutting-edge video works by Asia-based artists.
Saturday 20 Oct 6.30pm-8pm
Panel discussion on Collecting Video Art
Panel discussion with Selina Ting, Director & Editor-in-Chief of Cobo Social, Isabelle & Jean-Conrad Lemaître, collectors and Marcella Lista, Curator, Art historian, Centre Pompidou
Sunday 21 Oct 12.30pm-2pm
“Video Art Asia Screening Program” (Part II)– Curated by CoBo Social
For the first time, CoBo Social is invited by ASIA NOW to curate and showcase a selection of cutting-edge video works by Asia-based artists
About COBO SOCIAL
CoBo serves as the first Asia community platform for collectors to collect, connect and collide across various categories, including but not limited to contemporary art and design— both online and offline.
We believe in the thriving power of ideas to share and innovate. Through the CoBo community, we are building an interactive archive of free knowledge from a dashing array of inspiring individuals — and a community of curious souls to engage with inspirations, discussion and each other.
About VIDEO ART ASIA
Video Art Asia (VAA) is a digital archive platform of video art works that have been produced in the region from the 1980s to the present. VAA offers a pivotal reference database for the art-loving public, curators, researchers, artists and collectors. VAA is an open platform that is free of charge and is accessible to the international community.
Patricia Chen is a writer with a camera and she points it at a subject close to her heart : the visual arts. Her series of independent films on leading art collections and collectors, Uli Sigg : China’s Art Missionary and The 24-Hour Art Practice, have been screened in The Netherlands (Authentication in Art Congress 2016, The Hague), Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore. As a writer, Patricia has penned columns on Southeast/ Asian art and contributed to ArtAsiaPacific, Financial Times, The Art Newspaper and Flash Art. She also authored Uli Sigg in Conversation: Collecting Chinese Contemporary Art, (the second edition is in the pipeline).
Patricia graduated summa cum laude from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art with a Master’s degree (Distinction) in Art Business. She created Southeast Asia’s first modern and contemporary art indices – her published articles and public lectures using quantitative data analyses and primary fieldwork have inaugurated ways of advancing the study of art and the art market. Her projects have been funded by different government agencies including the Media Development Authority, the Singapore Tourism Board and the National Arts Council.
Patricia is passionate about fostering a growing discourse on developments and issues connected to art from Asia through The Asian Art Scrapbook Facebook community.
For trailers and more information on Uli Sigg: China’s Art Missionary and the 24-Hour Art Practice, see www.asianartpatronage.com and www.asianartscrapbook.com .
About ASIA NOW Paris Asian Art Fair
Founded by Claude Fain and Alexandra Fain, ASIA NOW aims to present the new perspectives and issues for contemporary Asian art and its market: the value of its artists, its potential for development and its rising stars.
As an ideal platform for dialogue and interaction dedicated to contemporary artistic creation, ASIA NOW addresses in greater depth the selected artistic scene through a curatorial platform and special projects.
Since 2016, ASIA NOW takes place every year in a Parisian mansion at 9 Avenue Hoche during Paris Art Week in October.