Asian Protocols


24 Jul 2018

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing


Opening, 18.8.2018 – 16.30h

Lecture, 18.8.2018 – 15h


Curator: Esteban Andueza & Du Xiyun



The Beijing location of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is proud to present the Antoni Muntadas exhibition Asian Protocols: China, Japan and South Korea, a multidisciplinary research art project investigating the ways that private and public protocols affect society and people’s lives. 


Starting from the premise of Muntadas as an outside observer planted in three countries, he develops his own research exploring questions about the idea of “protocol” as applied to culture, politics, education, society, public and private space, economy, the religion, etc. As an artist, his analysis takes the form of videos, installations, documentary films, archives, and others – an array of disciplines that Muntadas has been exploring for the last decades.


Asian Protocols, then, is a visual research work focused on the cultural background of the three countries, dissecting the similarities and differences between the collective and the individual in all three. It also attempts to breakdown stereotypes about the three countries, focusing on three megacities: Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo.


The first installment of the project was presented at the Total Museum in Seoul in 2014. In 2016 the project was shown at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo. The third and final exhibition will be held at The Three Shadows Art Centre in Beijing in August 2018.


Since its beginning, the project has been constantly growing, enriching itself with research carried out in each specific site, offering new contents and formats. In the Beijing exhibition the audience will find a total of 10 well-differentiated sections presented through a wide spectrum of artistic formats that, far from trying to show conclusive ideas, pretend that the spectator himself is the one who elaborates and questions his own analysis and conclusions.


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