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	Image: Isfahan, Chehel Sotun (Forty Pillar) Palace, detail of the mural in the audience hall, Feasting reception hosted by Shah Abbas the Great, mid-17th century. Photo © Sussan Babaie

Sydney Asian Art Series 2019

Art and urban culture

The 2019 Sydney Asian Art Series presents four leading international voices on early, modern and contemporary Asian art, addressing the theme Art and urban cultures.

From Isfahan to Edo, Kaifeng to Kolkata—cities have been major subjects, patrons and audiences for all fields of art. Indeed, the arts are part of the very fabric of urban life. These lectures explore the intersection of art, film and architecture in a range of Asian cities, historical and contemporary, considering urban spaces as sites of taste-making and sensorial plenty, as models for imagined futures, as vessels for us to recognise shared pasts, and as stages for the formation of political identities.

The Sydney Asian Art Series is co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Ideas.

For more information see the Sydney Asian Art Series website

Image: Isfahan, Chehel Sotun (Forty Pillar) Palace, detail of the mural in the audience hall, Feasting reception hosted by Shah Abbas the Great, mid-17th century. Photo © Sussan Babaie

Various dates and times
28 March – 26 October 2019
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Free, bookings recommended

 
Sydney Asian Art Series 2019: art and urban cultures VisAsia Council China Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Seeing taste: art, cuisine and urbanity in Safavid Persia/Iran

In the context of Isfahan, the capital city of the Safavid dynasty, Sussan Babaie examines the intersection of visual and gustatory experience as a self-aware obsession with ‘taste’, evidenced by works of art and historical cookery.

Sussan Babaie, reader in the history of Iranian and Islamic art and architecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Sussan Babaie is Reader in the history of Iranian and Islamic art and architecture at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She is the author of Isfahan and Its Palaces: Statecraft, Shi‘ism and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran (2008, paperback 2018), and co-author and editor of several books including The Mercantile Effect: On Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World During the 17th and 18th Centuries (2017), Persian Kingship and Architecture: Strategies of Power in Iran from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis (2014), Shirin Neshat (2013), and Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran (2004, paperback 2017). She is working on a book about the intersections between visual and gustatory taste in early modern Iran.

Location: Law School Foyer, The University of Sydney Law School, Camperdown 2006

 

Thursday 28 March 2019 6pm – 7:30pm

Kolkata ‘rising’: the politics of place in recent Bengali cinema

In May, Malini Guha considers how location shooting in recent films set in the city of Kolkata goes beyond documentation to reveal the aspirations, desires and anxieties concerning the city’s global future.

Malini Guha is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University. Her research is broadly concerned with spatiality and cinema, with a concentration on postcolonial and post-imperial modes of mobility, migration, displacement and settlement. Her first monograph, From Empire to the World: Migrant London and Paris in Cinema is a study of cinematic London and Paris from the perspective of migrancy, globalization and the end of empire in a British and French context. Her work has been published in journals such as Screening the Past and the Journal of British Cinema and Television. She is currently Resident Critic for Knot Projects public projection program, as part of SAW Video Media in Ottawa, Canada.

Location: F23 Administation Building, The University of Sydney

 

Tuesday 21 May 2019 6pm – 7:30pm

Film screening: Interview

Join us for a rare, free screening of Interview (1970), an acclaimed Bengali film by the late director Mrinal Sen (1923 – 2018). A groundbreaking film in terms of narrative innovation and cinematic technique, Interview tells a dawn-to-dusk story of a young man in search of a job. Starring Ranjit Mallick and Karuna Banerjee. This screening of Interview will be introduced by leading scholar of Bengali cinema, Associate Professor Malini Guha.

Malini Guha is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University. Her research is broadly concerned with spatiality and cinema, with a concentration on postcolonial and post-imperial modes of mobility, migration, displacement and settlement. Her first monograph, From Empire to the World: Migrant London and Paris in Cinema is a study of cinematic London and Paris from the perspective of migrancy, globalization and the end of empire in a British and French context. Her work has been published in journals such as Screening the Past and the Journal of British Cinema and Television. She is currently Resident Critic for Knot Projects public projection program, as part of SAW Video Media in Ottawa, Canada.

Location: Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW

 

Wednesday 22 May 2019 7:15am – 8:55am

A history of Japanese photography: Images of the city after disaster

In this lecture, Dr Yasufumi Nakamori will introduce some little known, critical aspects of the history of Japanese photography, namely, photographic images and visual culture surrounding selected large-scale earthquakes, from the Nohbi Earthquake in 1891 to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. He will pay attention to issues such as technologies, circulation, and the impact of the images, and examine their relationship to collective memory and imaginary projections of a city.

Dr Yasufumi Nakamori is Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at the Tate Modern, London. Originally from Osaka, Nakamori initially studied law at the University of Wisconsin and practiced in New York City before undertaking a second career in art history following 9/11, going on to obtain his PhD in art history from Cornell University. Prior to joining Tate Modern, Nakamori was head of photography and new media at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. From 2008-2016 he was curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where his exhibitions included Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro (2010) and For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979 (2015). His award-winning catalogue Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, which documented the collaboration between photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto and Pritzker prize-winning architect Kenzo Tange.

Location: Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW

 

Saturday 24 August 2019 2pm – 3:30pm

Free, bookings required
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Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

Displaying reform: exhibitionary architecture and the Early Reform era in the People's Republic of China

We can think of design as an inherently anticipatory process. This lecture explores how a history of exhibitionary architecture that starts in the 1970s in China and abroad contributed to the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to reposition itself relative to the world at large.

Cole Roskam, associate professor of architectural history and theory in the Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong.His research examines architecture’s role in mediating moments of transnational interaction and exchange between China and other parts of the world. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in art and architectural history from Harvard University.

Location: Law School Foyer, The University of Sydney Law School, Camperdown NSW 2006

 

Wednesday 18 September 2019 6pm – 7:30pm

Free, bookings required
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