Third Realm

Contemporary Art from Asia

Curated by:

Davide Quadrio

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Birdhead

Cao Fei

Comfortable Collective

FX Harsono

Gary-Ross Pastrana

Heman Chong

Jompet Kuswidananto

Lu Yang

Paola Pivi

Sun Xun

Surasi Kusolwong

Sutee Kunavichayanon

Xijing Men

Yang Zhenzhong

Zhou Xiaohu

Third Realm showcases a crucial period of artistic production in Asia from 2004 to 2019. The exhibition includes photography, film, and installation by seminal figures of the Asian contemporary art scene. 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.

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

Thanks to the Depart Foundation for support of Paula Pivi’s Tulkus project.

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

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Image: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ghost Teen detail, 2009, courtesy FarEastFarWest collection

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Cao Fei
Cao Fei (Second Life Avatar: China Tracy), RMB City Opera: But Sometimes I Confuse, 2009 Courtesy FarEastFarWest Collection
Jompet Kuswidananto, 𝘉𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥, video still, 2011, courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
Jompet Kuswidananto, 𝘉𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥, video still, 2011, courtesy FarEastFarWest collection
FX Harsono, 𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘢𝘪𝘯, video still, 2011, courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
FX Harsono, 𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘢𝘪𝘯, video still, 2011, courtesy FarEastFarWest collection
Xijing Men, 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘟𝘪𝘫𝘪𝘯𝘨 — 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘟𝘪𝘫𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 (𝘜𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨), 2008, courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
Xijing Men, 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘟𝘪𝘫𝘪𝘯𝘨 — 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘟𝘪𝘫𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 (𝘜𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨), 2008, courtesy FarEastFarWest collection
Zhou Xiaohu, 𝘊𝘳𝘢𝘻𝘺 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘊𝘢𝘮𝘱, 2010, courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
Zhou Xiaohu, 𝘊𝘳𝘢𝘻𝘺 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘊𝘢𝘮𝘱, 2010, courtesy FarEastFarWest collection
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 𝘙𝘦𝘥 𝘋𝘰𝘨𝘴, 2009, courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 𝘙𝘦𝘥 𝘋𝘰𝘨𝘴, 2009, courtesy FarEastFarWest collection

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