Asialink has announced the successful applicants for its competitive and highly sought after 2017 Asialiank Residency Program. This year, 33 individual artists from 297 applicants, including 28 Australian arts professionals, will travel and work throughout Asia with support from Asialink, and a further 5 international artists from Japan, Taiwan, India, and Korea will travel to Australia.
Of the selected Australian artists, four are graduates and lecturers at UNSW Art & Design, including Khadim Ali, Gary Carsley, Owen Leong, and Anna Madeleine.
Since 1991 the groundbreaking Asialink Residency program has provided sustained professional development and exchange opportunities to practicing artists with the aim of sharing their knowledge, skills, and networks with local host communities. The underlying goal is to support cross-cultural dialogue through in-bound and out-bound programs. By ensuring such an exchange, selected artists from across Asia are able to experience the rewards of working with creative practitioners and agencies Australia, while Australian artists are able to expand their practice through opportunities to work with international collaborators and institutions.
For his residency, supported by Asialink and Australia-Korea Foundation, Khadim Ali will travel to Korea and work with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA). Ali will be exploring Korean tradition and mythology in relation to contemporary social and cultural issues. A multi-disciplinary artist Ali will then return to NSW to join Korean artist Heo Subin at BigCi in the Blue Mountains.
For his residency, supported by Arts NSW, Gary Carsley will travel to Singapore and work with the National Gallery of Singapore. Carsley is a Sydney- based artist who uses the Garden as a means to critically engage with the post-internet, globalised cultural and political economy. While on residency he will respond to the National Gallery of Singapore’s historic buildings and extensive collection of garden based imagery to create a new body of work.
For his residency, supported by Arts NSW, Owen Leong will travel to Hong Kong and work with the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Leong will conduct archival research into 1950s photographic material, exploring familial history focused on images relating to British colonialism, social change, and mass migration from mainland China to Hong Kong. Based on his research, Leong will produce work for a major solo exhibition in 2018.
For her residency, supported by Arts ACT, Anna Madeleine will travel to Bandung, Indonesia to work with the Common Room Networks Foundation. Madeleine works with experimental animation, mixed media, and installation to explore poetic intersections between art and science. While at the Common Room, she will develop a new experimental immersive installation that explores cultural, artistic and scientific perceptions of anatomy and the body.