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20 Oct 2010

Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia

Book Launch: Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia
Para/Site Art Space


Sunday 24 October, 2010, 4pm. OV Gallery (Shanghai)– Arthub Asia. Shanghai Friday 5 November, 2010, 7pm. Taipei Contemporary Art Center. Taipei

Dominique Chiu
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Para/Site Art Space
G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan
Hong Kong

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International Book Launch: Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia

Editors: Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya and Michael Lee

Contributors: Alvaro Rodríguez Fominaya, Michael Lee, Yeung Yang, Cao Weijun, Cédric Maridet, Erin Gleeson, Lee Weng Choy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hu Fang, Hu Yuanxing, Hou Hanru and Carolee Thea, Jens Hoffmann, Russell Storer, Richard Streitmatter-Tran, Magnus Renfrew, Norman Ford, June Yap, Philip Yenawine, Héctor Rodríguez, Valerie C. Doran

Publishers: Para/Site Art Space, Studio Bibliothèque and seed | projects

Launch Platforms and Dates: Sunday 24 October, 2010, 4pm. OV Gallery (Shanghai)– Arthub Asia. Shanghai; Friday 5 November, 2010, 7pm. Taipei Contemporary Art Center. Taipei

Para/Site Art Space is pleased to announce the international book launch of Who Cares? 16 Essays on Curating in Asia. For these events the Hong Kong based organisation has teamed up with Arthub - OV Gallery (Shanghai), Taipei Contemporary Art Center (Taipei) and Sotheby's Institute of Art (Singapore) as launch platforms in Asia.

Who Cares? is an anthology that compiles 16 essays on curating art in and of Asia. One of the themes addresses the politics of care, commonly understood as the basic role of curators, with regards to art and artists, across time and contexts. Another theme revolves around markers of success in the realm of contemporary curating. A third recurring theme deals with curating in the globalised art world of advanced travel and communication technologies. A fourth theme reconsiders the audience as active producers in a curated experience. Through a variety of perspectives and literary styles, these texts constitute primary notes towards 'curatorial criticism,' a subfield of art criticism that identifies the new in curating today.

About the Editors

Alvaro RODRIGUEZ FOMINAYA is Executive Director/Curator at Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong). He has developed his professional career in Hong Kong, London and Spain. He was Chief Curator at Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in Spain, where he curated exhibitions like Scrabble: Video, Language and Abstraction; Weather Report: Climate Change and Visual Arts, and Viva la Muerte! Art and Death in Latin America or Catherine Yass. Filmography. At Para/Site Art Space, he has organized projects with Shahzia Sikander, Surasi Kusolwong, Tatsumi Orimoto, Ai Weiwei+Acconci Studio, Tsang Kin-Wah and the Gao Brothers, among others. He is a frequent lecturer and writer on contemporary art.

Michael LEE is an artist and curator based in Singapore. His research addresses representations of the built environment, especially the contexts and implications of its lost elements. His observations are mainly transformed into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or essays. His exhibition/festival participations include The 8th Shanghai Biennale 2010 (Shanghai Art Museum), The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial 2008 (Independent Projects section; Guangdong Museum of Art), The 2005 World Exposition (Singapore Pavilion; Nagoya) and International Film & Video Association Film Award & Festival 1997 (Winner, Experimental Category; Texas). His curatorial projects include Between, Beside, Beyond: Daniel Libeskind's Reflections and Key Works 1989-2014 (Singapore Art Museum, 2007). His accolades include the Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) 2005, conferred by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

About the Publishers

Para/Site Art Space
Para/Site Art Space is a contemporary art space located in Hong Kong Island and founded in 1996. We host an ambitious programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and events that bring into Hong Kong some of the leading practitioners in the international arena, encourage the visibility of artists from Hong Kong, and facilitate East-West dialogue. We have a satellite venue located at Hanart TZ Gallery which showcases a younger generation of artists.

Para/Site Art Space has organized the official representation of Hong Kong in Venice Biennial in years 2003 and 2009, has also participated in Gwangju Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial, among others. Para/Site Art Space exhibitions and programmes have traveled to Germany, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Para/Site Art Space is run by a Executive Director/Curator, a Manager, a Programme Coordinator and an Education and Development Officer and governed by a board of directors. Para/Site is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as vital contributions from patrons and Founding Friends of Para/Site.

Studio Bibliothèque
Studio Bibliothèque facilitates experiments in making, writing, curating and publishing. The studio has an ongoing project series Things Artists Do, which addresses the gap amidst the onslaught of survey, thematic art projects by focusing on the being, consumption and activities of artists.

seed | projects
seed | projects is the resource and project management branch of SEED, the thinking and working space of Singapore-based artist Brendan Goh, created to incubate creative processes between art and design. SEED is about sowing ideas wherever they might sprout, catalysing their germination into better things, and welcomes collaborations between like-minded individuals and groups working in any discipline.

Launch Platforms

About ArtHub Asia

Founded in 2007, ArtHub Asia (link to is a multi-disciplinary organization devoted to contemporary art creation in China and rest of Asia. In collaboration with museums and other public / private spaces and institutions, it initiates and delivers ambitious art projects through a sustained dialogue with visual, performance, and new media artists. Directors: Davide Quadrio, Defne Ayas, Qiu Zhijie. ArtHub Asia is a Network Partner of the Prince Claus
Fund 2008-2010.

About OV Gallery
Established in 2006, OV offers a diverse program of thematic exhibitions which target issues in contemporary China often using history as a point of reference and analysis. OV works with a broad spectrum of emerging contemporary Chinese artists and foreign aritists living in Shanghai along with more established contemporary Chinese and foreign artists. We take great pride in creating a real dialogue and supplement our exhibition program with curatorial tours, art workshops and talks artist and experts in Chinese contemporary art.

About Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC)

Founded by a group of artists, curators, scholars and cultural activists, the mission of the Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC) has been to provide a platform for public discourse where diverse voices can be heard in discussions about aesthetics and art production, and the issues related to the formation of a public culture — including cultural policies, museums, artistic organizations; as well as issues such as the relationship between art and the community, public spaces, the city, or social movements.