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For 20 years, ArtAsiaPacific Magazine has been at the forefront of the powerful creative forces that shape contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Covering the latest in contemporary visual culture, ArtAsiaPacific is published 6 times a year in Hong Kong, with editorial desks in 25 countries around the world. Our special annual issue, the ArtAsiaPacific Almanac, published in January, covers the major art events of the past year and forecasts the key trends of the year to come. The dominant artistic influence in the world today - and for many years to come emanates from the vast territory that lies between Turkey and the Pacific island of Tonga that we call the Asia-Pacific. This territory includes India, China, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Pakistan, New Zealand, Korea and Indonesia, whose combined populations make up an amazing half of the world's total population. Also included are Burma, Cambodia, Kiribati and Uzbekistan - places hitherto overlooked, but which like their gigantic neighbors, are producing cutting-edge art of stunning and unexpected quality. ArtAsiaPacific is authoritative, accurate, even-handed, exact and essential. Included in each issue is an up-to-date directory of the major galleries, not-for-profit organizations and museums with a focus on contemporary art from our geographical footprint. ArtAsiaPacific offers thoughtful reportage, analysis, comment and criticism to its readers made up of collectors, gallerists, curators, artists and those who want and who need to know the latest developments in the fastest-growing and most astonishing region of the contemporary art world.
The Features in ArtAsiaPacific issue 116 focus on two different artists whose practices draw from their own lives in unique ways. For our cover Feature, Danielle Shang interviewed Tehran-born Tala Madani to unpack the psychological underpinnings of her paintings, which convey the anxieties of womanhood. In our second Feature, HG Masters dives into the four-decade-long practice of conceptual artist Judy Freya Sibayan, whose performances are forms of institutional critique. The Spotlight section examines recent works by Farah Al-Qasimi, Liu Chuang, and Zico Albaiquni. Inside Burger Collection looks at Marguerite Humeau’s installations of sci-fi-esque creatures. Multimedia artist Eugenia Lim, architect and artist Nadim Karam, and illustrator David Huang appear in Profiles. Elsewhere, Stefan Tarnowski’s Essay delves into artists’ reflections on the Middle East’s history of failed leftist movements; video artist Bani Abidi pays homage to Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman; Gasworks and Triangle Network director Alessio Antoniolli files a Dispatch from London; and lawyer Michael McCullough breaks down the impact of United States tariffs on Chinese-origin goods. Finally, for Where I Work, Marybeth Stock visited painter Hilmi Johandi’s Singapore studio to learn about his preparations for his canvases and painting-videos.