This year’s theme – “Feux de joie” (Flames of Joy) – associates the arts of fire, emblematic of coinage and metalwork with the art of ceramics, also made from the earth and fire. At the core of this edition lies the creation of a sense of community through a collective artistic experience. To enhance this creative focus, ASIA NOW‘s Founding Director Alexandra Fain has entrusted the artistic direction of this edition to Kathy Alliou, Director of the Artwork Department at Les Beaux-Arts de Paris.
ASIA NOW continues its exploration of the diverse art scenes from West Asia to Southeast Asia through more than twenty countries from Central Asia to the Subcontinent to the Asia Pacific region. This perimeter refers to the Asia Society’s definition. Over 70 international galleries are expected to take over the entire site to present a selection of the best emerging and established artists from these territories and their diaspora.
Special Project Mingei Asia Now – A carte blanche has been offered to our guest curator this year, Nicolas Trembley. His exhibition explores the Mingei heritage, a Japanese art movement of the early 20th century that valued the beauty and simplicity of folk art, in particular ceramics.
Special project by Natsuko Uchino – ASIA NOW welcomes the interdisciplinary artist Natsuko Uchino for a special project in the heart of the Monnaie de Paris. Natsuko Uchino experiments and crosses the notions of craftsmanship, ecology, art and agriculture. These ceramics are not simple objects but rather receptacles which tell the story of the medium and which take into account, for example, the economy or the politics of craftsmanship or certain techniques and their development such as cob (for architecture) or fermentation (for cooking). Natsuko Uchino will create a new in situ installation for Asia Now which is part of her exploration of earth matter and the different uses by humans in their basic needs such as food, shelter, protection.
Special project Amphoreus: 91530 Le Marais, a place of transdisciplinary agro-artistic research founded by Victoire de Pourtalès and Benjamin Eymère. Amphoreus is a Collective Ceramic Mythology exploring form and function with works by Sylvie Auvray, Michele Cacciofera, Eric Croes, Cyril Debon, Simone Fattal, Mai-Thu Perret, Grant Levy-Lucero, Lucile Littot, Natsuko Uchino et Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Lei Sato.
Special Project “Your Daytime Fireworks”: by Cai Guo-Qiang – This new edition asserts the craft and tactile experience of creation, whether physical or digital. The artist Cai Guo-Qiang, known for his work with gunpowder, will present his NFT project “Your Daytime Fireworks”, supported by TRLab, founded by Xin Li-Cohen (Co-Founder and Chairwoman) and Audrey Ou (Co-Founder and CEO).
Special project Kara Chin: Hatch, Margot de Rochebouet and Giovanna Traversa’s curatorial platform presents a selection of works by the artist Kara Chin. Her work explores our relationship to increasingly digitalised environments and everyday devices. Recent works have explored the extremities of transhumanist ideologies, biohacking and wellness culture; presenting future technocratic premonitions through fictional archaic objects and ceremonies.
Special project – PLACES: is the title of the program which welcomes works created for the site or adapted to its spaces, to create a fruitful dialogue that will guide visitors in their journey.
Video program “Gulf Futurism”: Odile Burluraux, curator at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, will present a selection of videos by women artists from West Asia that explore the cultural, sociopolitical, and environmental questions that affect the Persian Gulf region.
Performance program: Ayako Rokkaku (König Gallery); Nikhil Chopra (Galleria Continua); Neda Razavipour (AB- ANBAR Gallery, with the support of the Yassi Foundation); Aung Ko (Intersections Gallery and A2Z Art Gallery) ; Nge Lai (Intersections Gallery and A2Z Art Gallery).
Book release – do it – China 2021: this programme is edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries and Cao Dan, Publisher of The Art Newspaper China and LEAP Magazine, isset to be officially released for the first time in Europe. This publication was inspired by the fact that people in isolation around the world have turned to “do it” exercises as a creative outlet. The 108 artist instructions in do it – China 2021 are not only instructions for people to engage in artistic creation at home; they also present how each artist sets out from their creative starting points to engage in acts of reflection, writing or painting.
Conversation Platform – entrusted to Thanks for Nothing, an association that mobilizes artists and the world of culture by organizing artistic and solidarity projects with a concrete impact on society. It is part of a globalized context marked by deep economic, environmental and social divides.
Artists at Risk: an association that supports artists in danger from Asia’s artistic scenes and its diasporas, holds a roundtable, with Ivor Stodolsky and Marika Muukkonen, its Co-Founders and Co-Directors, accompanied by artist refugees.
The Samdani Art Foundation – at the helm of the Dhaka Art Summit, is invited to hold a presentation to announce its next edition, set to take place February 3-11, 2023; in the presence of the foundation’s Co-Founder and President, Nadia Samdani MBE and its Artistic Director, Diana Campbell Betancourt.
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, India – is invited to develop a program that will expand the scope of cultural relations at work within Asia (october 22). A highly anticipated program celebrating the 10th anniversary of this biennial and presenting the choices of curator Shubigi Rao for its new edition which will open in December 2022.
Exhibiting galleries: 10 Chancery Lane, 313 ART PROJECT, A2Z Art GALLERY, AB-ANBAR Gallery, Aktis Gallery, Alisan Fine Arts, Almine Rech Gallery, Arndt Art Agency A3, Artemis Art, BANK, Bavan Gallery, Galerie Bessières, Sahar K. Boluki Gallery, Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, Anne-Laure Buffard Inc., Chi-Wen Gallery, CHOI&CHOI, CMS Collection , Cuturi Gallery, DANYSZ, Dastan Gallery, de Sarthe, Dumonteil Contemporary, galerie frank elbaz, Etemad Gallery , Michael Fuchs Galerie , Galerie 208 , Gether Contemporary , Mark Hachem, Hafez Gallery, Hatch Art Project, HdM Gallery, Intersections Gallery , In Situ-Fabienne Leclerc, Gallery Kabinett, Lee-Bauwens Gallery, Galerie LJ, Eve Leibe Gallery , Galerie Françoise Livinec , LIUSA WANG , Louis & Sack , Loeve&Co / Hervé Loevenbruck et Stéphane Corréard, Lorin Gallery, Galerie Marguo, Migrant Birds Space, Modesti Perdriolle Gallery, Mohsen Gallery, O Gallery, Ora-Ora, Over the Influence, P21, Paris-B, PERROTIN, print bakery, Pygmalion art gallery, Praz – Delavallade, quand les fleurs nous sauvent, Red Zone Arts, Richard Saltoun Gallery, Rivoli Fine Art, Roya Khadjavi Projects , RX&SLAG , SARAI Gallery , Sato Gallery, Sokyo Lisbon Gallery, Galerie Taménaga, The Columns Gallery, The Guild Art Gallery, VINYL ON VINYL, Karin Weber Gallery, Yavuz Gallery, Yeo Workshop, ZETO ART