Payal Uttam

From James T. Hong to Giang Lê: The artists rewriting history at Art Basel Hong Kong

Coming from across Asia, they pry open the past to carve a way forward


James T. Hong, Three Arguments about the Opium War, 2015. Film still. Courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery, Hong Kong.
James T. Hong, Three Arguments about the Opium War, 2015. Film still. Courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery, Hong Kong.
Giang Lê, D'eau et de verdure #12 (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Vin Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City.
Giang Lê, D'eau et de verdure #12 (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Vin Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City.
SIM Chi Yin, Remnants #3, from 'One Day We'll Understand', 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Fost Gallery, Singapore.
SIM Chi Yin, Remnants #3, from 'One Day We'll Understand', 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Fost Gallery, Singapore.
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, Joe Nellis and Khun Sa, 2020-21. Courtesy of the artist and TKG+, Taipei.
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, Joe Nellis and Khun Sa, 2020-21. Courtesy of the artist and TKG+, Taipei.
Saroot Supasuthivech, River Kwai: This Memorial Service Was Held in the Memory of the Deceased, 2021–22. Film still. Courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary, Bangkok.
Saroot Supasuthivech, River Kwai: This Memorial Service Was Held in the Memory of the Deceased, 2021–22. Film still. Courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary, Bangkok.
Etan Pavavalung, I found a field in the mountain of my spirit I and II, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Asia Art Center, Taipei.
Etan Pavavalung, I found a field in the mountain of my spirit I and II, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Asia Art Center, Taipei.

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