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Preface: A World of Many Worlds

As we set foot into the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale, we are reminded of the power of art to transcend boundaries and bridge cultures. This year, the Asia Forum and Asymmetry Art Foundation are thrilled to co-present “A World of Many Worlds”, a one-day assembly on global Asias, as part of the official Collateral Events of this prestigious event.

“A World of Many Worlds” delves into the multifaceted nature of Asia, a continent that encompasses a rich tapestry of cultures, histories, and perspectives. From ancient civilizations to modern innovations, Asia has long been an epicenter of human diversity, artistic expression, and intellectual exchange.

Historical Legacy

Throughout history, Asia has been a thriving hub of trade, ideas, and artistic movements. From the Silk Road that connected the East with the West to the maritime routes that traversed the Indian Ocean, Asia has played a pivotal role in shaping global exchanges. The artistic achievements of Asian civilizations, such as the intricate woodblock prints of Japan, the serene landscapes of China, and the vibrant temple architecture of India, continue to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Moreover, Asia has also been marked by a tumultuous past, enduring periods of colonization, conflict, and political upheaval. These historical events have shaped the contemporary narratives of Asian nations, influencing their artistic expressions, social dynamics, and cultural identities.

Contemporary Diversity

Today, Asia is a dynamic and diverse region that defies simple categorization. From rapidly growing economies to emerging cultural powerhouses, Asian countries are at the forefront of innovation and experimentation. The rise of technologies, such as social media and global connectivity, has facilitated greater cultural exchange, challenging traditional notions of borders and boundaries.

Equally important is the recognition of the multiplicity of voices within Asia. The continent is home to a vast array of languages, religions, ethnicities, and histories, each contributing to a rich mosaic of narratives and perspectives. “A World of Many Worlds” seeks to explore and celebrate this diversity, highlighting the interconnectedness between Asia and the world.

A Symposium of Reflection and Connection

Through engaging panel discussions, thought-provoking presentations, and immersive art experiences, “A World of Many Worlds” aims to foster dialogue and foster greater understanding of global Asias. We invite artists, scholars, curators, and art enthusiasts from across the globe to join us in this exploration of the myriad worlds that coexist within Asia.

By delving into the historical legacy and contemporary diversity of Asia, we hope to challenge preconceived notions, celebrate cultural exchange, and provide a platform for meaningful connections. Join us for this unique assembly as we embark on a journey to discover the beauty and complexity of a world of many worlds.

Asia Forum and Asymmetry Art Foundation are excited to co-present “A World of Many Worlds”, a one-day assembly on global Asias, as part of the official Collateral Events of the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale

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