Third Realm Opening Reception

Related exhibition: Third Realm

Third Realm showcases a crucial period of artistic production in Asia from 2004 to 2019. The exhibition includes photography, film, installation, and performance, and features seminal figures of the Asian contemporary art scene including Birdhead, Cao Fei, Heman Chong, FX Harsono, Jompet Kuswidananto, Lu Yang, Sun Xun, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Xijing Men, Yang Zhenzhong, Zhou Xiaohu, among others. Third Realm offers critical insights into the sociopolitical shifts occurring during the 2000s when Asia’s economic prosperity began to command global attention. While often calling into question the limits of camera documentation and historical record, the artists exploit the directness of documentary images to reveal the complexities of hybrid identities and social change.

Curated by Davide Quadrio, Third Realm is drawn from the FarEastFarWest collection, a Shanghai-based organisation that commissions and acquires contemporary Asian artworks and is housed at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago. FarEastFarWest was founded in 2007 by Eric Guichard and Davide Quadrio and serves as a production platform for artistic projects. The shared goal of its co-founders is to identify artists, select projects and produce historic pieces which address contemporary issues relevant to life in Asia.

Please join us on Sunday, April 5 at 2:00 pm for the Third Realm opening reception.

Third Realm is curated by FarEastFarWest co-founder Davide Quadrio and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

This presentation is part of The Polygon Gallery's exhibition series New Perspectives: revealing diverse perspectives, untold stories, and new voices in visual art.

Image: Lu-Yang, Wrathful King Kong Core (detail), 2011, video installation, courtesy the artist and FarEastFarWest collection

Presenting Sponsor Td Bank Group The Ready Commitment

Organized By Museum Of Contemporary Photography


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