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