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Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


The Bay Area is home to one of the nation's largest and most diverse populations of Asian and Asian-Americans, which compose more than a third of the entire population. With significant communities of immigrants from China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Taiwan located within San Francisco and the surrounding counties, our region shares deep roots with Asia via migration, commerce, tourism and an array of transpacific exchanged. Although the Bay Area is often considered the country's gateway to Asia, very few local museums have organized major exhibitions featuring contemporary art practice from Asia.

Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment will be the first exhibition in the Bay Area, and perhaps the nation, to present contemporary art from Asia that addresses concepts of the cycles of time. It is important to note that the exhibition is not arranged by country but along conceptual lines that emphasize personal reactions to issues that transcend national boundries. As neighboring countries in Asia experience rapid rebuilding of urban centers across the continent, effects of modernity-such as temporal, physical and psychological displacement and fracture-collide with existing expressions of continuity, intimacy and geographic belonging.

This project will include work that considers the public discourse about progress, personal investments in memory and tradition, transitional spaces, and the coexistance of multiple systems of time. Relying on the invaluable expertise of curators, critics and artists from major centers such as Beijing, Bangkok, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Chiang Mai and Taipei, this groung breaking exhibition will include painting, photography, sculpture and video by emerging and mid-career artists.

Some of the artists to be featured in the show: Noguchi Rika (Japan), Shimabuku (Japan), Taro Shinoda (Japan), Yin Xiu Zhen (China), Wang Jian Wei (China), Zhu Jia (China), Wang Guofeng (China), Choi Jeong-Hwa (Korea). Kim Beom (Korea), Jewyo Rhii (Korea), Apichatpong, Weerasethakul (Thailand), Surasu Kusolwong (Thailand)

Excerpt from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts © 2003

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