Esther Shalev-Gerz — Asia Time: 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial


Installation, photography, sound - music, video

Esther Shalev-Gerz
Asia Time: 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial

Past: December 11, 2015 → April 10, 2016

Asia Time

In 2015 for the first time ever, the Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou) organizes a unique combination of the renowned Guangzhou Triennial and the new Asia Biennial, featuring works that present Asian history, Asian culture, Asian trade and the problems facing contemporary Asia.

This Asia Biennial is one of the largest regular art events around Asia, with an international curatorial team and artists from all over the world. This ambitious project aims to extend the topics on Asian consciousness and Asian experiences from Asian Art Curators’ Forum held by GDMOA back in 2013, discussing Asian art development under a global context.

47 artists and collectives

Curatorial Theme:

In a world dominated by a global ‘World Time’ awareness (the perspective of acceleration, speed, visibility, ultra-capitalism, knowledge production, and exhaustion) the first Asia Biennial/fifth Guangzhou Triennial focuses on a local understanding of ‘Asian time’ (the perspective of tranquility, reflection, concentration, and emphasis on values and wisdom).

The First Asia Biennial / Fifth Guangzhou Triennial not only intends to give an impetus to a topical way of thinking about time that comes from the arts, which may lead to a response to the crisis currently unfolding in the face of globalization and capitalism. The historical and current context of Guangzhou will also be involved as a starting point for searching alternative models and multiple perspectives able to better articulate the notion of “Asia Time.” Subsequently, new modes of thinking about Asia could emerge going beyond geographically and historically defined concepts.

Henk Slager


Esther Shalev-Gerz

In the work On Two, Esther Shalev-Gerz focuses on deconstructing aspects of identity related to temporal constructs of history and memory. The artist questions how we understand our place in the world and presents an exchange of ideas emerging from communication situations through the use of video, photography, sculpture, and installation. Central to On Two is a dialogue between two philosophers, Rola Younes from Lebanon and the French philosopher Jacques Rancière, in which both of them strive to sustain their relationships to and perceptions of the world as vital and regenerative.

More about the Biennale 11 December 2015 — 10 April 2016

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