- Size: 28.5 (L) x 21.5 (W) cm
- Binding: softcover, 119 pages
- Language: English
- Publisher: ArtAsiaPacific, 2023
Getting back to business was a top priority for countries across the world in 2023. Festivals and mega-exhibitions staged long-delayed editions, art fairs welcomed international galleries and visitors, and people packed auction rooms and waved paddles once again. While Covid-19 now appears in the rearview mirror, the world is still grappling with changes that have only accelerated in recent years, from economic slowdowns to technological advancements, geopolitical conflicts, and the impacts of climate change. While facing numerous challenges in a world that keeps turning, cultural events remain vital meeting points for minds and spirits.
In this 19th edition of the annual ArtAsiaPacific Almanac, we survey the events of an art world back in action in 2023 and gearing up for more major events in 2024. In our 15 City Reports, we hear from artists, writers, and curators who have been deeply involved in cultural activities in the places where they live and work. We speak with artist Jonathan Jones, whose mid-December exhibition took place in Artspace’s newly renovated building in Sydney, about how his works bring awareness of Aboriginal history to contemporary Australia. From Seoul, AAP’s desk editor Andy St. Louis tracks the dynamic development of Korea’s art scene. Shanghai reemerged from lockdowns with its annual November art week, as writer Ling Gu chronicles. Following their exhibition at Hong Kong nonprofit Para Site, artist duo Enzo Camacho and Ami Lien reflect on their latest project, in which they worked with children on the island of Negros in the Philippines to portray the legacy of a violent massacre of workers nearly four decades ago. From Ho Chi Minh City, curator Hung Duong portrays the city’s resiliency and can-do attitude, which extends to the Saigon art community that has squarely put the past behind it.