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