Hu­go Boss Asia Art Award for Emer­ging Asian Ar­tists, 2015

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Rock­bund Art Mu­seum /Oc­to­ber 30, 2015–Ja­nua­ry 3, 2016 The Rock­bund Art Mu­seum’s part­ner­ship with the Hu­go Boss Asia Art Award for Emer­ging Asian Ar­tists leaves the mu­seum free in terms of the ar­tis­tic or­ga­ni­za­tion of the pro­ject, the com­po­si­tion of the ju­ry (pre­si­ded by Fro­gier as the mu­seum’s di­rec­tor), the ex­hi­bi­tion of work by the no­mi­nees, the ca­ta­log and a re­search pro­gram. The six ar­tists short­lis­ted for the se­cond edi­tion (the first was in 2013) come from main­land Chi­na (Yang Xin­guang and Guan Xiao, the lat­ter the best known in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly, seen at the Lyon bien­nial), Tai­wan (Huang Po-Chih, who made an ex­cellent tri- bute to tex­tile wor­kers), the Phi­lip­pines (Ma­ria Ta­ni­gu­chi), Bur­ma and Cam­bo­dia—a geo­po­li­ti­cal am­bit that is as fas­ci­na­ting as it is complex. Ta­ni­gu­chi (born 1981) won the prize with her large, dark­ly lit pain­tings, si­mul­ta­neous­ly con­cep­tual and for­ma­list, co­ve­ring sur­faces with ami­nis­cule brick-sha­ped mo­tif. Per­so­nal­ly, I pre­fer­red Moe Satt (Bur­ma, 1983), who pro­vides a hu­ma­nist and quite pre­cise view of that so­cie­ty with his per­for­mances, vi­deos and ins­tal­la­tions (such as Um­brel­las, an en­semble of big pa­ra­sols whose co­lors are those as­so­cia­ted with the region’s po­li­ti­cal pro­test mo­ve­ments, which vi­si­tors can mo­di­fy using the eight zip­pers each is equip­ped). In the end, ho­we­ver, I would have awar­ded the prize to Van­dy Rat­ta­na (Cam­bo­dia, 1980), an outs­tan­ding ar­tist whose work evokes the tra­gic his­to­ry of his coun­try. His sis­ter was one of the Kh­mers rouges’ ma­ny vic­tims. The me­mo­rable vi­deo @Mo­no­logue (2015), co­pro­du­ced by the Jeu de Paume and the CAPC in Bor­deaux, nar­rates his search for her last res­ting place. Avoi­ding the ex­pec­table, Rat­ta­na shakes up our for­get­ful me­mo­ry by gi­ving shape to what has be­come in­vi­sible.

J.-M. H Trans­la­tion, LST

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