Asia Art Archive

Asia Art Archive (AAA) is an independent non-profit organization initiated in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document the multiple recent histories of art in the region and to make them accessible. With a valuable collection of material on art freely available on their website and at their Hong Kong onsite library, AAA builds tools and communities to collectively expand knowledge through research, residency, and educational programs.

A photo from the Asia Art Archive Library. There are shelves of books in the middle and a visitor is sitting at a computer on the left edge of the picture.

A visitor at Asia Art Archive Library, Hong Kong, 2017, photo: Kitmin Lee

The organization drives the composition of the collection with key areas of concern, so-called content priorities. These include examining sites where art history has been written in Asia through the lens of art writing, exhibition-making, and pedagogy, looking at ideas that connect people across national borders, considering tradition and contemporary expression in parallel, investigating ephemeral practices such as performance art, and addressing gaps in art history and in the organization’s collection such as the underrepresentation of women.

Part of AAA’s effort is to build a community that enriches conversations around art and function as a leading resource and catalyst for scholarship in the field. They organize exhibitions, talks, workshops, publications, conferences, symposia, and research grants for and with art professionals, educators, academics, artists, and the interested public. Generosity is at the core of what AAA does – a desire to see work shared freely, ethically, and sustainably, benefiting as many people as possible.

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