March/April 2024

March/April 2024


Trevor Yeung, Night Mushroom Colon (Eight), 2023. Night lamp, plug adaptors, 32 × 23 × 10 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong.

March 1, 2024
March/April 2024
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As a prelude to the 60th Venice Biennale in April, ArtAsiaPacific’s March/April issue spotlights two artists whose new projects take an experimental approach to materials and exhibition-making, seeking to engage viewers in the tactile, the odorous, and the unpredictable.

For our cover Feature, Trevor Yeung discusses his exploration of intimacy, solitude, and care for humans, plants, and animals alike. Over the last decade, the Hong Kong-based artist has progressively expanded his object-making to environments evocative of saunas, hotel rooms, and forests at night.

In our second Feature, Yuko Mohri, who will be representing Japan at the Venice Biennale in 2024, recounts her plans for the pavilion before flying to Venice to search for materials and inspiration from the site and its environs. Mohri creates installations that rely upon, and reflect, the physical conditions of the site—leaks, humidity, or temperature—often incorporating electrical devices and high-maintenance machinery, in collaboration with the artworks’ caretakers.

A focus on sculptural practices continues in Inside Burger Collection, where Asymmetry Art Foundation’s head of programs Nick Yu examines the surreal, life-like objects of Robert Gober in relation to the practices of Hong Kong artists Angela Su and Jes Fan, as well as comparing Gober’s painting series with the late Martin Wong’s paintings of prison inmates. In Up Close, we spotlight new works by Liu Chuang, Hoda Afshar, and Natascha Sadr Haghighian.

For Profiles, Robert Zhao Renhui discusses his latest project’s debut in the Singapore Pavilion at Venice where he will portray the wildlife and ecology of previously damaged or degraded landscapes. A similar fascination with the natural world runs through the works of Geraldine Javier, who recounts her recent works featuring imagery of plants and insects, as well as her evolving views on death. A pair of Essays spotlight evolving concepts of identity, from queer spaces in the Philippines to a recent exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum that explored concepts of personhood in an era defined by AI. Our New Currents spotlights Yokohama Triennale participant Vunkwan Tam, as well as Fuyuhiko Takata and Kara Chin who will be showing in the Discoveries sector at Art Basel Hong Kong.

Elsewhere in the issue, we preview six national pavilions and collateral exhibitions debuting in Venice in April. While preparing new work for the curated section of Adriano Pedrosa’s main exhibition for the Venice Biennale, Hong Kong- and Berlin-based artist Isaac Chong Wai writes about the influence of Käthe Kollwitz’s figures on his own practice for our One on One. Also from Berlin, writer and theorist Ana Teixeira Pinto analyzes the German government’s increasing policing of artistic expression, particularly around topics related to Israel and Palestine, and the impact of censorship on artists and cultural institutions for The Point. In Dispatch, Jennifer Yang brings readers up-to-date on the many developments in Eora/Sydney ahead of the 24th Biennale of Sydney, which kicks off in March.

Our reviews span Seoul to Los Angeles, covering many major retrospectives of late 2023, including the touring survey of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Paul Pfeiffer’s first midcareer survey. Finally, for Where I Work, Matt A. Hanson visits the Istanbul studio of Deniz Gül, whose sculptural practice retains strong connections to the artist’s interest in languages as systems continuously being built up, dismantled, and reconfigured by us all. Like many of the artists in this issue, Gül works with physical materials that reflect the current conditions of “psychological or social space” in the real world that, despite emerging virtuality, connect us to one another.

A digital edition of the full AAP issue 137 is now available for purchase on Zinio, Google Play, iTunes, and Magzter.

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