Close En­coun­ters

Stephen Short PRESENTS AN EX­CLU­SIVE FIRST LOOK AT THE EN­COUN­TERS SEC­TION OF ART BASEL IN HONG KONG THROUGH THE RE­GIONAL EYES OF ITS CU­RA­TOR, Alexie Glass-kan­tor

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t’s been for­ward to pre­sent­ing works in the mul­ti­ple medi­ums and artis­tic lan­guages be­ing fos­tered as the cul­tural ecol­ogy in Asia grows. It was ter­ri­bly im­por­tant to me that the re­gion was strongly rep­re­sented.”

For En­coun­ters to be fully Asia-pa­cific it has to demon­strate cross-re­gional work. “Half the works show­ing at Art Basel in Hong Kong En­coun­ters are re­gional pre­mieres,” she ex­plains, “so we’ve got Malaysia’s Shooshie Su­laiman’s ( SAE Broth­ers Rub­ber Es­tate of 16 March) rub­ber plan­ta­tion and shel­ter, which de­picts 11 Southeast Asian great lead­ers on rub­ber sheets hang­ing in a smoke house. It’s a very or­ganic work.” Forty-two-year-old Su­laiman’s themes fo­cus on lan­guage, mem­ory and in­ves­ti­ga­tions into no­tions of iden­tity.

JOÃO VASCO PAIVA

MAU­SOLEUM: THE POR­TUGUESE-BORN, HONG KONG-BASED ARTIST USES OIL PAINT ON STONE RESIN­CAST STY­RO­FOAM CON­TAIN­ERS, STACKED AROUND A METAL­LIC FRAME.

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