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MORIYAMA, Daido; Shinjuku (from 'filmograph 6' series)

A central figure in Japanese photography since the 1960s, Daido Moriyama is renowned for his distinctive visual style and his singular commitment to documenting the everyday life of a densely…

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HASHIM, Ismail, Seats of bicycles of Penang port labourers

A graphic designer, painter and educator, Ismail Hashim was best known for his meticulously hand-coloured black-and-white photographs of daily Malaysian life. Hashim chose to work in photography for…

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GILL, Simryn, Pooja/Loot

Simryn Gill's personal history of shifting between different geographies, cultures and languages has deeply influenced the development of her artistic practice. Pooja/Loot is an early work created…

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NESHAT, Shirin, From the 'Women of Allah' series

Shirin Neshat left Iran to study in the United States in the early 1970s and did not return until 1990, 11 years after the Islamic Revolution. These striking images are from her first major body of…

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DAGVASAMBUU, Uuriintuya; Path to wealth

APT8 marks the beginning of the Gallery’s engagement with Mongolia, with the inclusion of works by four young Mongol zurag painters who have revived a national cultural tradition by applying it to…

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HARSONO, FX, Demokrasi

This sequence of photographs, which spells out the word ‘democracy’ in sign language, is Indonesian artist FX Harsono’s plea on behalf of those without a voice. The last hand is tied with rope.…

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HARSHA, N.S., We come, we eat and we sleep

NS Harsha’s work includes drawing, painting, murals, rangoli (traditional powdered floor designs) on paper (traditional powdered floor designs) and community-based projects. Harsha has stated that…

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NGUYEN, Xuan Tiep, Song of the buffalo boys II

Nguyen Xuan Tiep became the first Vietnamese artist to participate in a major international exhibition when he contributed this work to the Gallery’s inaugural Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary…

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GIMHONGSOK; Canine Construction

Gimhongsok’s work is characterised by a deadpan humour. His references to art history and contemporary culture collide with political and ethical questions, visual gags, and sophisticated ruminations…

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KON, Michiko, High heel of salmon and flatfish & Self portrait #3

Michiko Kon’s training in printmaking, collage and assemblage is evident in her richly toned black-and-white photographs of intricate sculptural tableaux. Characterised by sumptuous combinations of…

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ISHIKAWA, Mao, A Port Town Elegy

By 1983, Mao Ishikawa was running a bar near Aja-Shinko, a port area of Okinawa’s capital city, Naha. Through the Okinawan language of Uchinaaguchi, she became close with the heavy-drinking local…

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OHTAKE, Shinro, Oku-Kei 13

For all the apparent intensity of the cut-and-pasted surfaces of Shinro Ohtake’s works, they are created with great patience. The artist methodically creates layers of material inspired by geological…

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ISHIKAWA, Mao; Red Flower: The Women of Okinawa

Okinawan photographer Mao Ishikawa, despite her 65 years, made a vivid appearance during the opening weekend of APT9, with a fierce assertion of Okinawan identity at the APT9 symposium. What is now…

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MALANI, Nalini, From ‘Stories retold’ series

Citing the canonical Hindu morality stories of the Bhagavata Purana, these five paintings are related to Nalini Malani’s fascination with the place of mythology in contemporary art and life. The…

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ISHIKAWA, Mao, Red Flower: The Women of Okinawa

For over 40 years, photographer Mao Ishikawa has documented daily life in her home of Okinawa. Ishikawa came of age during the island’s ‘Reversion’ to Japanese sovereignty in 1972 after a prolonged…

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PUSHPAMALA N, From ‘The Navarasa suite’& ‘Bombay Photo Studio’ series

Pushpamala N’s ‘Bombay Photo Studio’ series is the result of three years spent at the studio of a famous Hindi film photographer of the 1950s and 60s, JH Thacker. In ‘The Navarasa suite’ from this…

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MANTOFANI, Rudi; Nada yang hilang (The lost note)

Perhaps the quintessential rock music instrument, the electric guitar is layered with meaning. Rudi Mantofani’s impossible but impeccably crafted, multi-necked instrument can be seen as parody, homage…

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MORIMURA, Yasumasa, Blinded by the light

In this large landscape photograph, Yasumasa Morimura adopts various roles within a single composition. While the work could be read as an ironic view of 1980s consumer excess, closer inspection…

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KASAHARA, Emiko, Untitled – (In)different

Emiko Kasahara is one of a generation of Asian artists who advanced feminist positions in the wake of the belated recognition of women practitioners in the 1980s. During the 1990s, Kasahara’s imagery…

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RAWANCHAIKUL, Navin, Tales of Navin 2

This figurative panorama featuring myriad self-portraits shows Rawanchaikul at various ages, with a host of other guises and characters he has enacted throughout his life and career. City, street and…

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IWASAKI, Takahiro; Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss)

Takahiro Iwasaki’s Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss) 2010–12 is an intricate miniature recreation of Phoenix Hall, part of Japan’s Byodo-in Temple complex. It reproduces the building’s reflection in…

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MURAKAMI, Takashi, And then, and then and then and then and then

Takashi Murakami is best known for his appropriation of the iconography and methodology of manga and anime, including their means of production and distribution; his characters are produced by his…

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KHAKHAR, Bhupen, Portraits of my mother and my father going to Yatra

This is one of the first in a series of paintings by Bhupen Khakhar that affectionately critiques the Indian middle class to which the artist belonged. It features rare portraits of Khakhar’s parents,…

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SANPITAK, Pinaree, Self & I'm confused

The female body is a recurring theme in the work of Pinaree Sanpitak, in figuration and otherwise alluded to across her paintings, drawings, photography, collage and sculpture. In this pair of…

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ARTLINES: 'Chim-Pom and Meiro Koizumi'

As registered in Tadasu Takamine’s spellbinding installation Fukushima Esperanto 2012 at APT7, the world of art has not been immune to the effects of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the…

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REDDY, Ravinder G, Woman with lotus flower

Ravinder Reddy draws equally on pre-modern sculpture, Buddhist and Hindu iconography, and the rich popular culture and kitsch of South Asia. Fashioned from fibreglass covered with gold leaf, the…

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LEE, Bul, Untitled (Cyborg knee); Untitled (Cyborg hand); Untitled (Cyborg hands)

Porcelain is a key medium in Lee Bul’s early sculptural works, which often depict dissected, fragmented, detached and broken limbs. Through disengagement from the body, Lee attempts to transcend…

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SITTHIKET, Vasan, Fight For Art!

With its closely framed upright fist and the pointed phrase ‘For Art’, this painting signals the driving forces behind Vasan Sitthiket’s practice: outspoken and unapologetic activism and a commitment…

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KOIZUMI, Meiro; Double projection #1 (Where the Silence Fails)

As registered in Tadasu Takamine’s spellbinding installation Fukushima Esperanto 2012 at APT7, the world of art has not been immune to the effects of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the…

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SANGGAWA, Palo-sebo

A group of Manila-based artists formed Sanggawa to produce murals and paintings satirising the dilemmas of life in the Philippines. Palo-sebo is a parody of power politics, taking its title from the…

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