Home-city Conversation | Manila

【HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2015】Home-City Conversation │ Maria TANIGUCHI: A New Framework

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Philippines
Speaker: Joselina Cruz, Liu Yingjiu, Maria Taniguchi

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About the Talk

HUGO BOSS ASIA ART is a biannual award organized by Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai in collaboration with the international fashion brand HUGO BOSS. Launchedin 2013, the Award is part of the HUGO BOSS global art projects which include the prestigious HUGO BOSS PRIZE at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York, but is dedicated to honor emerging contemporary artists in Asia. In 2015, the second edition  of the Award extends its focus from greater China to Southeast Asia, where 6 artists from this area  are selected in the finalist and will be featured in a group exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum  to open on 30 October, 2015.

As one of the finalist artists, Maria Taniguchi has been at the forefront of contemporary art exploration both at home and internationally. However, being selected in the finalist of the Award, a new framework for viewing her work may be enabled where she is set in dialogue with her peers from Mainland China, Cambodia, Taiwan and Myanmar. This talk, with introductions of the Award and a survey of Taniguchi’s work, will open discussions on the common and different challenges of contemporary art in this area, local and international art ecology, as well as the artist’sresponses to them.

This talk is co-organized by Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila.

About the Speakers

Maria Taniguchi

Born 1981 in Dumaguete, Philippines
Lives and works in Manila, Philippines

Liu Yingjiu
Deputy Director of Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai 

Joselina Cruz
Director and Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila

About "Home-city conversations"

HUGO BOSS ASIA ART (HBAA) is a platform and an on-going process of investigating into the concept of Asia and the transformation of art in this region in the global times. Through selection process and education and exhibition programs, each edition steps into new territories toward mapping contemporary art in Asia in multiple facets and layers. Following the success of the first edition focusing on Greater China, the 2015 Award goes on to look at SE Asia, which represents a response to the shifting geo-political situations in this area and a further move of the Award towards its mission.

With 6 shortlist artists selected in this year from China, Taiwan China, Myanmar, Cambodia and Philippines, it is an evitable challenge to discover and present the full contexts of each artist’s work for the public and art community in Shanghai and beyond. Indeed artists do not just work in their studios, but are deeply engaged with their physical, social and historical environments and respond to such challenges through their work. Therefore, as part of the 2015 HBAA education program, Home City Conversations attempts to look at the immediate contexts for the shortlist artists’ work – from the cities they live and work in – by studio visit and public conversations. At the same time, such processes will also create a new framework for discussing about their work locally, enable the subjects and media that the artists are concerned with to be considered with reference to wider practices of artists across Asia. We believe these activities will engage with the local people and art community, and bring new light to the artists’ work as well as to the regions for an international audience.

The conversations will be organized by Rockbund Art Museum, and will take place from September to November 2015 in Beijing, Manila, Yangon and Taipei. Each stop will be co-hosted by one local art institution and joined by one local curator. The entire process will be documented and reported by journalists from Shanghai and international media.