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How is The City Reflected in Contemporary Art?


19 Aug: Mami Kataoka – How is The City Reflected in Contemporary Art?

How do we understand the city? Is it through comprehending the landscape, economy, politics, social system or energy created by inhabitants of the city? How does contemporary art reflect the city? In this lecture, Mami Kataoka will explore these simple questions through the diverse perspectives of the contemporary artists from Southeast Asia featured in the exhibition "SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now", which she co-curated at Mori Art Museum and the National Art Center, Tokyo.


Ms Mami Kataoka has been Chief Curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyosince 2003, where she has curated a number of exhibitions, including “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” (2009/ US Tour 2012-13), “Lee Bul”(2012), “Makoto Aida” (2012), “Lee Mingwei and His Relations” (2014-15), and “N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” (2017). Prior to this position, Ms Kataoka was Chief Curator at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (1997-2002) and researcher at the NLI Research Institute on cultural policies and urban development projects (1992-1997). She was also International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London from 2007 to 2009. In 2012, she guest-curated “Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and was a Co-Artistic Director for the 9th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea. She has been serving as a Board Member of CIMAM since 2014 and a professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School of Art and Design Studies since 2016. Ms Kataoka has been appointed the Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney in 2018, and is part of the jury panel for the 2018 edition of the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize.

Image credit: Daniel Boud

Date & Venue

19 Aug, Sat

Glass Hall*
Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189555   
*Please enter along side gate to Queen Street

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