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START announces START Projects, a series of curator-led initiatives complementing the fair


START, presented by Prudential, introduces START Projects, a series of curator-led initiatives that will occupy the entire second floor of the Saatchi Gallery. Running from Wednesday 9th September (Preview Day) to Sunday 13th September, START is a five-day event that shines a spotlight on emerging artists and new art scenes. Nearly half of the second edition of the fair will be dedicated to focused exhibitions and solo artist presentations, showcasing the most dynamic art being made in Asia and beyond.

The 2015 edition of Start Projects features 'This is Tomorrow', a solo exhibition by the award-winning Japanese collective Chim↑Pom, highlights from the Prudential Singapore Eye and an immersive environment by ultra-technologist phenomenon teamLab.

This Is Tomorrow
'This Is Tomorrow' is a series of solo artist presentations selected by START's Fair Director, Niru Ratnam. The section focuses on artists whose work is rooted in the contemporary either through the way they work, their subject matter or the context in which they work.

Presentations include Pala Pothupitye the Sri Lankan artist who won the 2010 Sovereign Art Prize, who shows with Hempel Galleries from Colombo. Pothupitye's work articulates the history of violence in the island drawing on both formal academic training and his family background as craft-based visual practitioners.

Identity politics and what comes after that also lie at the heart of the collaborative practice of Hannah Quinlan Anderson and Rosie Hastings who are showing with Peckham-based gallery Arcadia Missa. Since graduating the artists have deconstructed and re-imagined the space of the 'gay bar' in a mode of work that shifts from critique through mourning to celebration.

Chinese-born, London-based artist Vay Hy, showing with Christine Park Gallery, will present a series of abstract ink paintings whose final forms are determined by the use of salt and acrylic as well as the effect of the everyday English weather on them as they stand on the balcony outside his studio.

Aida Silvestri will present works from her series Even This Will Pass with Roman Road. Her blurred photographs of Eritrean refugees who have travelled illegally to the United Kingdom are each accompanied by a text detailing the experiences of those journeys, whilst a handstitched thread across the surface of each photograph is a depiction of the routes.

The full list of presentations is:
Hannah Quinlan Anderson and Rosie Hastings (Arcadia Missa, London)
Farhad Gavzan (Dastan's Basement, Tehran)
Jonny Green (CARTER presents)
Rae Hicks (CANAL, London)
Vay Hy (Christine Park Gallery, London)
Kim In Kyum (Gallery SoSo, Seoul)
Liane Lang (LOEWE Contemporary)
Namsa Leuba, Art Twenty One (Lagos)
Myungil Lee (Gallery H.A.N., Seoul)
Nomusa Makhubu (Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town)
Pala Pathupitiye (Hempel Galleries, Colombo)
Aida Silvestri (Roman Road, London)
Vertical Submarine (Singapore)
Morten Viskum (UNION Gallery)
David Ben White (l'étrangère, London)

ChimPom, winners of the 'Emerging Artist of the Year' at the Prudential Eye Awards, will present their first UK solo exhibition. The Awards held in Singapore earlier this year, in partnership with ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, celebrate the best emerging art in Asia. Chim↑Pom make works that intervene in contemporary Japanese society, often with strong social messages interweaved with a humorous, questioning mode of address. The exhibition will include some the collective's key pieces including their film works, KI-AI 100, Black of Death and REAL TIMES.

All three works concern the effects of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, with the collective visiting the site of the disaster to make performative films about how Japanese society might respond. KI-AI 100 features the group with friends yelling 100 sequential yells of "KIAI" at Fukushima, a cry traditionally used in Japan to articulate a fighting spirit.

Black of Death features the collective herding an ever-growing crowd of crows over Tokyo's landmarks and is set partly in the evacuation zone around Fukushima.

A related work, REAL TIMES was filmed whilst Chim↑Pom trespassed into high-security areas of towns uninhabited due to the Fukushima nuclear accident. The work culminates with the group stretching out a white flag, spraying the red circle of the Japanese flag onto it before transforming this into a radiation symbol.

Chim↑Pom have previously exhibited at MoMA P.S.1 (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei), Seattle Art Museum and Moscow Museum of Modern Art amongst other venues. They will exhibit as part of group show at Turner Contemporary later this year.

Further details will be shortly announced about teamLab and this year's Prudential EyeZone, presented in partnership with ArtScience Museum.

Please visit www.startartfair.com for the latest updates on START's programme.

General enquiries:

Janice Fong

Parallel Contemporary Art


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