It begins with a story: A Symposium on Periodicals in Asia

Why We Recommend it

Organised by Asia Art Archive in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, the symposium explores how periodicals have fostered conversations around art and emergent forms of visuality in twentieth-century Asia.


This symposium explores how periodicals have been more than just platforms or sites for artistic experimentation and exhibition, having  they have themselves shaped and staged them.

In so doing, periodicals have played a defining role in forming diverse publics for art in Asia. This jam-packed event features an impressive roster of speakers from various arts and academic institutions.

The breadth of subjects and countries covered, with talks deep diving into the world of Pakistani  art magazines, early Turkic Soviet periodicals and punk zines from Manila – prove that the adage “modernism began in the magazines” is true for Asia.

The series of talks will show how  print media in the Asia has played an instrumental role in taking debates, discourses, and images of art to wide audiences.

Experts attending include keynote speakers Charles Esche, Director of Van Abbemuseum, and Li Xianting, Beijing-based Independent Critic and Curator.

Panelists include Phoebe Scott, Curator, National Gallery Singapore; Mervin Espina, Program Director, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila; Chiang Poshin, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Tainan National University of the Arts; and many more.


When: 11 Jan 2018 - 13 Jan 2018 Where: University of Hong Kong