NETWORK OF ENTERTAINING ASIAN AMERICAN TALENT
This year CNNGo takes a peek inside some of the studios and interviews the artists about their experience of Fotan.
Chow Chun Fai at Studio 1023: “Fotanian follows no rules. It’s a natural process. People come and go. It renews itself.”
Homan Ho at G16: “Fotanian is coming together to be able to dream together, even if we still need that day job.”
Sculpture and furniture designer Homan Ho is sitting in front of the bookshelf he made for G16, the unofficial café of this year’s Fotanian event.
TOP TO BOTTOM, from (“??/Looking Afar“)
© Lei Jianyou
Lei is a young photographer from Zhejiang, China. A self-taught photographer with a short history behind him, his works carry a certain heaviness.
TOP TO BOTTOM, from (“9#, Sk8 and Toy-kyo“)
© Joji Shinamoto
Street culture graces the portfolio of Japanese photographer, Joji Shimamoto, as he traverses between New York City and Tokyo. Born and raised in Japan, he has since relocated to the Big Apple as a freelance photographer.
Writer for Art Radar Asia reflects on the exhibition
Kate Nicholson, a Taiwan-based contributor to Art Radar Asia, writes about her favourite picks from Viewpoints and Viewing Points , the 2009 Asian Art Biennale exhibition, currently on show at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
Viewpoints and Viewing Points, 2009 Asian Art Biennale exhibition, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
“It was just wonderful to start my day knowing that I would soon be surrounded by artwork spanning three galleries, created by 56 of Asia’s best artists. And what a show it was. Every sense was stimulated as there was every kind of art form on display, from painting and sculpture to film and photography and everything in between.
My favourite pieces, in no particular order, included: Takehito Koganezawa’s Propagation of Electric Current, all the works by Mia Wen-Hsuan Liu, a Taiwanese artist, and Bloated City and Skinny Languageby Hung Keung.
Yarn bombing- Yarn Bombing is a type of street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but has since spread worldwide. While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarn bombing is almost exclusively about beautification and creativity.
TOP TO BOTTOM, from (“Qi Lihe“)
© Stephen Kelly, 2009
Stephen JB Kelly documented the lives of ethnic Muslim minorities living in Lanzhou, a city in China’s north west.
Siyeon Park’s series reminds one of August Sander’s portraits of the People of the 20th Century, a typological look at school-going girls in Korea. The girls bear an eerie resemblance to each other, blank stares fixated on their faces.
Kwon Ji hyun: I’m so sorry. I’m just, just photographing in the messed up world.
As part of his Masters project at Ohio University, Francis Gardler created a series or ten video clips about photographer and teacher Dave LaBelle. Plenty of valuable lessons to be learned here. I especially like this one where Dave talks about the empathy and compassion needed to photograph other human beings. The title of one of the clips: “Connecting The Eye With The Heart” sums it up perfectly.
Child boxer, Davao, Philippines 2008
Jake Verzosa (b.1979, Philippines) is a freelance photographer based in Manila. His editorial clients include: Marie Claire, Men’s Health, and Cosmopolitan. Jake was recently commissioned by ASEAN, to document inspiring stories in Southeast Asia for the book “Young Southeast Asia”. He has exhibited at the Photoquai Biennial in Paris, France.
About the Photograph:
“I worked on the child boxers story during the rise of Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao to boxing greatness. This image shows one of the young hopefuls getting ready for a tournament fight at a run-down boxing gym in Mindanao. The sport has spurred renewed interest among the youth in the Philippines because of Pacquiao’s success story. The kids see this as a chance to escape the shackles of poverty by training hard despite the lack of food, funding and training facilities. Only when they have gone through a grueling climb to the top can the privileged few get sponsorships and opportunities to follow their hero’s path.”
Aral Sea, Khodjely City, Uzbekistan
Francesco Zizola (b.1962, Italy) has published four books: his most recent “Iraq” published with Amnesty International (2007) documents the beginning of Iraq II, a war which has become off limits for photographers. “Né Quelque Part – Born Somewhere” (2004 ) was the result of 13 years covering the situation of children around the world in 28 countries. Francesco has received numerous international awards and prizes, including the World Press Photo of The Year in 1996, documenting the tragedy of land mines in Angola, eight World Press Photo awards and four Pictures of the Year Awards. He is a founding member of the photographic agency “NOOR” and currently lives in Rome.
About the Photograph:
“I made this photo in the courtyard of the Republican Recovery School for children with serious malformations. The rate of infant morbidity as well as the rates of maternal and child mortality in this region are ten times higher than in Europe. Nearly 90% of the adolescents are anemic, 30% have kidney disease, 23% have thyroid deficiency and 20% have chronic hepatitis. One in three women has had a stillborn child. More then 90% of pregnant women have severe anemia and 30% of childbirths have complications due to hypertension during their pregnancy. The Aral Sea was one of the largest lakes in the world. But, in the 1950s, the Soviet Union decided to cultivate cotton in the region. The lake is now a third of its original size.”
become photographer at age 30