52 Artists, 52 Actions

Launching this week, 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS is a year-long project that aims to build awareness around the particular social and political issues affecting diverse physical contexts. Every week for an entire year, a new artist in a unique location within the Asia-Pacific region will create an action relating to a contemporary political issue and share it with audiences globally via the project website and social media channels. Artists and collectives participating in the project are from culturally diverse backgrounds – kicking off the programme in Week 1 is Brisbane-based Indigenous artist Richard Bell, whose work explores the threat of nuclear war, framed against the backdrop of Australia’s own socially and environmentally fraught history of weapons testing. Bell will be followed by Turkish artist, Hera Büyüktaşçıya, currently based in Istanbul, and Korean duo YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, known for their online text-based animation art. Stay tuned to the website weekly – details of each artist and their location will be released as the project unfolds.

Main image courtesy 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS.

Where: Online and offline throughout the Asia-Pacific – check the website for details of each week.

When: January 2018 - January 2019

More info: 52 ARTISTS, 52 ACTIONS website


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