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Pick of the Week
Pick of the Week

At the beginning of each year, ArtAsiaPacific publishes a record of the art world’s development over the past 12 months in over 50 countries, compiled in the the annual compendium, the Almanac. This creates a more nuanced understanding of evolving—and sometimes fragile—creative ecologies. Check out contributor Catherine Wilson’s entry from Laos, as she recaps the accomplishments of Laotian artists and institutions at home and abroad.

ALMANAC 2018

Almanac 2018
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Preface

Unfinished Business

Also available in:  Chinese

Even before we had laid down our red pencils and signed off on the final proofs of this year’s Almanac, it occurred to us that real closure was impossible.

China
Five Plus One

Song Dong

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Since graduating from the Capital Normal University in Beijing during the momentous turbulence of 1989, Song Dong has been at the forefront of conceptual art in China. 

East Timor
Countries

East Timor

Also available in:  Chinese

The 2017 presidential election in the
Asia Pacific’s youngest nation Timor-Leste, 

or East Timor, was won by former freedom fighter Francisco Guterres, who aims to reduce poverty and unemployment in the 15-year-old nation. 

Korea, South
Countries

Korea, North

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With Kim Jong-un at the helm, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has conducted 16 missile tests in 2017, including two that launched rockets over the Japanese archipelago in August and September.

Laos
Countries

Laos

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One of the five remaining communist states, Laos lags behind its neighbors in infrastructure. The majority of cultural funding is devoted to the preservation of the nation’s Buddhist heritage. 

Nepal
Countries

Nepal

Still recovering from the disastrous earthquakes of 2015, Nepal experienced dramatic monsoon flooding and landslides in its southern plains in August. 

Syria
Countries

Syria

The war in Syria rumbles on. The country is now fractured into three main zones, with the Assad regime holding major cities; US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces dominating the north; and anti-Assad factions in the hinterlands. 

Turkmenistan
Countries

Turkmenistan

Winning 98 percent of the votes in February 2017 elections, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov maintains his restrictive grip over this closed country. 

Taiwan Hong Kong
Reflections

Patrick Sun

Also available in:  Chinese

The past year was a memorable one. Trump dominated the news. Brexit talks shook Europe. North Korea’s nuclear power threatened Asia. 

Books

Between the Lines

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The world watched in 2014 as Hong Kongers, increasingly desperate to achieve democratic elections before the expiration of its semi-autonomous constitution in 2047, staged dramatic street occupations to demand universal suffrage. 

Want to read more about the 53 countries covered by ArtAsiaPacific? 

Purchase Almanac XIII, a compendium of the most significant art events of 2017 and a look ahead at what’s next in 2018.

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