Art at a Time Like This & Asia Contemporary Art Forum

When 1 Jun 2020 - 5 Jun 2020
Where Asia Contemporary Art Week

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Asia Contemporary Art Forum (aka Asia Contemporary Art Week) announces a special collaboration with Art at a Time Like This

Spotlighting five curators for a week-long presentation
of shows-within-a-show (from June 1 through June 5)
Curated by ACAF Director, Leeza Ahmady, and capped with a
live discussion on June 5 with Leeza Ahmady and Natasha Ginwala

We are delighted to share that Art at a Time Like This (ATLT)—a new virtual platform for free expression—has invited ACAF Director Leeza Ahmady as guest curator to present a week-long program for ATLT’s online-exhibition,  How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This?

In light of ACAF’s general consideration and support of the entire ecology of the art world, it became clear to Ahmady that during this time, curators need just as many opportunities as other art practitioners to share their thoughts and experiences. So instead of nominating artists for each day of the week, Ahmady proposed that the platform be offered to curators to present artists they’ve recently worked with. Four curators—Ombretta Agro Andruff, Alia Swastika, Zhenhua Li and Maryam Ghoreishi will present 1 or more artists they have worked with before or shown in a recent exhibition. The fifth curator, Natasha Ginwala, co-artistic director of the next Gwangju Biennial, will engage in a conversation with Ahmady on Friday, June 5, 1 PM, via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public.


Monday: Ombretta Agro Andruff (Turin & Miami), Independent curator, writer and executive director of ArtSail

Tuesday: Alia Swastika (Yogyakarta-Jogja, Indonesia), Independent curator and director of Biennale Jogja Foundation

Wednesday: Zhenhua Li (Zurich & Beijing), Independent curator and director of the film program, Art Basel Hong Kong

Thursday: Maryam Ghoreishi (Tehran & New York), Writer, artist and independent curator

Friday: Leeza Ahmady selects Kyzyl Tractor, Artist collective from Kazakhstan from her recent exhibition Thinking Collections: Telling Tales

Join us on Friday, June 5 at 1 PM EST

For a conversation between Leeza Ahmady, Director of ACAF and Natasha Ginwala, co-Artistic Director of Gwangju Biennale. Please click here to join us via Zoom (Meeting ID: 559 662 3511, Password: women)

Art at a Time Like This Launched on March 17 by Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen, Art at a Time Like This has reached 100,000 viewers in over 100 countries with its exhibition, How Can We Think of Art At A Time Like This? which features both internationally recognized names (Ai Weiwei,  Marilyn Minter, Alfredo Jaar) and emerging artists from around the globe.

Asia Contemporary Art Forum (ACAF) is a non-profit organization that educates the public in the United States and beyond about Asia contemporary art and culture, through curatorial programs that promote connectivity and collaboration among diverse artistic communities and audiences. As a program of ACAF, ACAW (Asia Contemporary Art Week) is an educational and curatorial platform that brings together leading New York and Asia-based art institutions, museums and galleries to present cutting-edge exhibitions, innovative projects, provocative dialogues on current topics, and networking opportunities.

Image: Simon Faithfull, Memories from the Future, still from no.2: Cape Romano.Stranded on the half-submerged ruins of a futuristic “Dome Home” (off the coast of Florida), a figure is haunted by memories of a dwelling before its foundations were washed away by a series of hurricanes. From a body of work created during the ARTSail Residency and Research Initiative, Florida, USA. Presented by curator Ombretta Agró Andruff for ATLT and ACAF collaboration.