Conversations, Art Basel’s talks series that runs alongside the fair, will bring together a strong line up of leading art world figures to participate in a wide range of panels and discussions in Hong Kong. Free to the public, this year’s program consists of 26 talks, addressing highly relevant art industry topics such as the future of public and private collecting, alternative business models for galleries, current developments within the art market in Asia, as well as gender politics in the arts. The program will feature prominent artists from across the world such as Sophia Al-Maria, Rasheed Araeen, Astha Butail, Samuel Fosso, Guerrilla Girls, Antony Gormley, He Xiangyu, Kim Yong-Ik, Yurie Nagashima, Gabriel Orozco, Lisa Reihana, Nilima Sheikh, Timur Si-Qin, Melati Suryodarmo, Charwei Tsai, Anton Vidokle and Yu Hong. Conversations is held daily from Wednesday, March 28 to Saturday, March 31 in the Auditorium on Level 1 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at the HKCEC from March 29 to March 31, 2018.
Curated by writer and editor Stephanie Bailey for the fourth consecutive year, the program will start on Wednesday, March 28 with Dr Clare McAndrew, Founder of Arts Economics, in conversation with culture writer Enid Tsui about the state of the art market, with a special focus on collecting trends in Asia over the last year. The discussion will explore McAndrew’s findings from the second edition of The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report.
With a career spanning over 50 years, Rasheed Araeen will talk about his shift from creating works as a painter in Karachi to becoming a Post-Minimalist sculptor in London. Gabriel Orozco will be in conversation with Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of M+, about how his nomadic lifestyle and living in Asia have influenced his more recent work, while Sophia Al-Maria and actress Bai Ling will discuss Al-Maria's recent video work 'Mirror Cookie' (2018), which will be on view at Project Native Informant's booth in the show’s Discoveries sector.
‘Bodies in Practice | On Figures and Figuration’ will bring together Xavier Cha, Antony Gormley, Donna Huanca and Melati Suryodarmo in a comparative discussion about representations of the body. ‘Feminist Aesthetics? | Movements and Manifestations’ will investigate gender politics and the arts with Guerrilla Girls, Yurie Nagashima, Nilima Sheikh and Yu Hong.
'The Collecting Institution | Acquisitions and Representations' will discuss how institutions respond to their evolving roles not only as curators and cultivators of cultural knowledge but also as collectors in their own rights. Panelists include: Agustín Pérez Rubio, Artistic Director, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern; Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Juan Andrés Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo; and Eve Tam, Museum Director, Hong Kong Museum of Art.
The 21st century has seen the emergence of a new generation of galleries seeking to innovate the traditional gallery model. 'Working Models | Developing Gallery Structures' brings together Vanessa Carlos, Founder, Carlos/Ishikawa; Hormoz Hematian, Founder, Dastan’s Basement; Mimi Chun, Founder and Director, Blindspot Gallery; and Young Chung, Founder, Commonwealth and Council for an open conversation on the future of the gallery system, moderated by Isa Lorenzo, Founder, Silverlens.
'The Evolving Collector | Collecting as a Beginning', moderated by curator Rose Lejeune, brings together Joumana Asseily, Daisuke Miyatsu, Luba Michailova, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Rudy Tseng, who as collectors have each taken distinct and unique paths, to discuss collecting as an expanded practice.
'The Art of the Commission | Funding Cultural Production' will feature Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation; Nadia Samdani, Co-Founder and President, Samdani Art Foundation, and Director, Dhaka Art Summit; Rosa Daniel, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth of Singapore, and CEO, Singapore National Arts Council; Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club; and Jam Acuzar, Founder and Director, Bellas Artes Projects. Moderated by Aaron Cezar, Founding Director, Delfina Foundation, this talk will explore the different frameworks various organizations have adopted and developed in order to provide the necessary resources to enable artistic and curatorial production.
Conversations will be free to the public including non-ticket holders. The talks will be accessible in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. All Conversations panels will also be available on Art Basel’s YouTube channel and on the show’s website at: artbasel.com/hongkong/conversations.