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Curators’ Series 11. Institute of Asian Performance Art. By Victor Wang 王宗孚 (Sept – Oct 2018)

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More information on exhibition and events online in Spring 2018.

For the 11th edition of DRAF Curators’ Series, guest curator Victor Wang 王宗孚 launches the Institute of Asian Performance Art (IAPA), an international network to deepen the awareness and understanding of the history of early performance art in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.

Wang reconsiders the format of the Curator’s Series from an exhibition to a speculative institute. Three platforms connect the discipline and study of early East Asian performance art: Exhibition Case Studies, Classes and a Course Reader. They address and examine these diverse histories, which are often marginalised in the curriculum of universities and the collections of public institutions, and consider different ways to present and engage with them. The project investigates the trans-national connections and dialogues within the region, mapping the interconnected individuals and collectives.

Exhibition Case Studies in central London include works by Jiro Takamatsu, the first UK solo presentation by renowned photographer Minoru Hirata and the first re-staging of a historic performance by influential artist Kim Ku Lim in the UK. The case studies explore the materiality of historic performance art through selected artworks and archives by artists and collectives that were active from the 1960s -1970s in Japan and Korea.

The Classes are a series of talks, seminars and performances with international artists, art historians, gallerists, writers and curators. The classes present, discuss and exchange lived experience and research at partner venues, universities and cultural centres across the UK. Confirmed speakers include artists Tehching Hsieh and Kim Ku Lim and curators and academics Yumiko Chiba, Reiko Tomii and Yuri Mitsuda.

A Course Reader brings together a variety of texts and documents on the history of early performance art in East Asia. It combines contributions by invited participants and important art historic texts. An invaluable new research tool, the publication is available free at events and online.

The Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) is IAPA international partner, and will host a second edition of the project in 2018/19 in Japan.

DRAF Curators’ Series (2009– ongoing) supports independent curators by commissioning special research-based exhibitions. The Series presents diverse fields of knowledge, methodologies and practices. Each year, DRAF invites an individual, duo or organisation to curate an original exhibition.

Previous guest curators have included Cylena Simonds (UK), Raimundas Malasauskas (Lithuania), Mihnea Mircan (Romania), Mathieu Copeland (UK), Simone Menegoi & Chris Sharp (Italy and US), Pablo Leon de la Barra (Mexico), Vivian Ziherl (Australia) & Natasha Ginwala (India), Christine Eyene (France/Cameroon) , Arcadia Missa (London) and Kunsthalle Lissabon (Portugal).

DRAF Curators’ Series is supported by Arts Council England, through Grants for the Arts.

Victor Wang 王宗孚 is an independent curator based in Shanghai and London. Recent exhibitions include XUZHEN Supermarket (2007/2017) and the group exhibition Zhongguo 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ, London; Katja Novitskova (2017) at the Cc Foundation & Art Centre, Shanghai; Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive (2017) at the Korean Cultural Centre, London; Jac Leirner: Borders Are Drawn By Hand (2016) at MoCA Pavilion, Shanghai; Neïl Beloufa: Soft(a)ware (2016) at K11 Foundation Shanghai; and Ensemble sin órganos (2016) (with Blanca Victoria López) at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana.

In 2015, Wang was appointed by the K11 Art Foundation as a curator (with Jo-ey Tang) of the travelling exhibition Inside China – L’Intérieur du Géant (Shanghai Station), the first collaborative exhibition between Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and K11 Art Foundation. Wang has curated film programmes, performances, talks and exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. In 2014 Wang assisted the curatorial team of the Twelfth Havana Biennial (2015), and was Assistant Curator for the Vancouver Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012).

Wang is a contributor to artforum magazine, and has been a guest editor of LEAP magazine. In 2016 he was awarded the AICA Incentive Prize for Young Critics by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). He holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and is a graduate from the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course. For more information see http://viktorwang.com

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  • Minoru Hirata, Hi Red Center’s ‘Dropping Event’, at Ikenobō Kaikan, 1964
Copyright Minoru Hirata / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film
    1/6Minoru Hirata, Hi Red Center’s ‘Dropping Event’, at Ikenobō Kaikan, 1964 Copyright Minoru Hirata / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film
  • Jiro Takamatsu, Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site, 1971. 
Copyright The Estate of Jiro
Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates/ Stephen Friedman Gallery/ Fergus McCaffrey.
    2/6Jiro Takamatsu, Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site, 1971. Copyright The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates/ Stephen Friedman Gallery/ Fergus McCaffrey.
  • Jiro Takamatsu's performance with a tire in The 6th Mixer Plan, 1963. 
Copyright The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates/ Stephen Friedman Gallery/ Fergus McCaffrey.
    3/6Jiro Takamatsu's performance with a tire in The 6th Mixer Plan, 1963. Copyright The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates/ Stephen Friedman Gallery/ Fergus McCaffrey.
  • Minoru Hirata, Run, Run, Leave the Cars Behind (Akiyama Yūtokutaishi’s ‘Glicoman/Tadonman’), c.1971. 
Copyright Minoru Hirata / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film
    4/6Minoru Hirata, Run, Run, Leave the Cars Behind (Akiyama Yūtokutaishi’s ‘Glicoman/Tadonman’), c.1971. Copyright Minoru Hirata / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film
  • Kim Ku Lim, Wiping Cloth, 1974 (video, sound, colour). Copyright Kim Ku Lim/ Courtesy the Artist
    5/6Kim Ku Lim, Wiping Cloth, 1974 (video, sound, colour). Copyright Kim Ku Lim/ Courtesy the Artist
  • Kim Ku Lim, Wiping Cloth, 1974 (video, sound, colour). Copyright Kim Ku Lim/ Courtesy the Artist
    6/6Kim Ku Lim, Wiping Cloth, 1974 (video, sound, colour). Copyright Kim Ku Lim/ Courtesy the Artist