This talk will discuss the importance of archival collections for the writing of art histories in Asia. Chương-Đài Võ will begin with an overview of Asia Art Archive’s (AAA) online collections, in particular, those related to Southeast Asia. The second half of the talk will focus on the Lee Wen Archive, an ongoing project that AAA started in 2017 in collaboration with NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.
The Lee Wen Archive covers the span of his practice as an artist, organiser, and writer, starting in the early 1980s: his solo and collaborative projects, his notebooks and sketchbooks, his formative period with The Artists Village, his writings and correspondences, and his extensive documentation of art collectives and festivals in Asia and Europe. Among this latter batch of material are photographs and video documentation of artists who participated in ground-breaking festivals such as Artists’ General Assembly, Nippon International Performance Art Festival, and Asiatopia.
Chương-Đài Võ (Hong Kong) is a Researcher at Asia Art Archive. Based in Hong Kong, she specialises in modern and contemporary art related to Southeast Asia. Her writing can be found in publications such as Afterall Journal, Revues culturelles (forthcoming from Institut national d’histoire de l’art), Taipei Fine Arts Museum’s Modern Quarterly, the anthology Film in Contemporary Southeast Asia, and Journal of Vietnamese Studies. She is a former Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Image credit: Lee Wen Archive on Asia Art Archive website.