Kazakhstan has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period. Its etymology comes from kazakh, meaning 'wanderer', and stan, which in Persian means 'land'. And so the country—ninth largest in the world—is literally translated to 'land of the wanderers'. Culling together artistic and curatorial practices from across Asia, a continent of plural histories and multiple fictions, is no easy task.
Hand-embroidered wool on linen, 76 x inches. Alongside significant solo and group exhibitions, ACAW highlights numerous symposiums, performances, lectures, film screenings, and panels. Thinking Collections—ACAW Curated Signature Programs Center stage to the edition is Thinking Collections—a constellation of ACAW curated exhibitions, studio visits, walk-throughs, and discussions exploring the act of collecting as an artistic and educational practice beyond the art market lens. See the full list of participating artists, their profiles and studio locations here. Alongside numerous archival photos, sculptures, paintings and, drawings, on opening day, Sunday, October 14 , the artists reenact one of their legendary performance rituals at the entrance of Mana Contemporary. The two-day program will focus on all regions of Asia with an emphasis on East Asia and stage a dynamic string of pop-up exhibitions, performances, lecture-performances, and discussions.