: Perhaps best known for his Palme d’Or-winning film, Uncle
Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
(2010), Weerasethakul produces
feature films and video works that focus on the people of his native Thailand.
He often improvises and rarely employs professional actors in his works, of
whose dreamlike quality the artist has said, “sometimes you don’t need to
understand everything to appreciate a certain beauty.”
: Miyajima operates within
specific material parameters: his LED lights (the artist’s primary “medium”)
come in a limited range of color and count between numbers 1 and 9 without ever
reaching 0. The ticking numbers reference Buddhism and themes of inevitability,
universality, and mortality.
: Guo’s paintings are at once
realist and distorted, poignant and haunting. Though he originally gained
recognition for his paintings of children, the artist’s more recent paintings
have been described as recording “the awkward egotism of adolescence.”
: An award-winning Polish-born
Australian artist, Alwast works across several media, including sculpture,
painting, and video. The uniting concern of his practice is a digital
sensibility and toolset—he frequently uses
and 3D animation to imagine
and execute his works.
: The Spanish sculptor is truly
a magician with materials, making whatever he’s working with—marble, wood,
aluminum, granite, iron, or bronze—appear as malleable as plastic.
: The materials Hirose uses in
his sculptures and installations are often unremarkable in themselves—like
lemons, chocolates, spices, paper, money, cloth, salt, or beans—but they become
protagonists and symbols in narratives about history, memory, and culture. In
the artist’s own words, his art is “defined as an art that invents […] a unique
aesthetic code or behavior by rearranging small fragments.”
(a.k.a. Hahan): A mainstay in the underground
comic and street art culture of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Hahan renders cartoonish
and garishly colorful figures that critique the contemporary art market,
particularly in his home country. For instance, Lucky Country Series #2
appears like fingers crossed from one side, but gives us the middle finger when
it’s viewed from behind.
: The Seoul-based ceramist is best known for her
“Translated Vases,” a gorgeous series of works made by shattering ceramics and
patching them back together in new formations using epoxy and gold leaf.
: Classically trained in calligraphy in China
but inspired by Paul Klee, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Impressionism, Zhao
moved to Paris in 1948. He earned praise and encouragement from the likes of
Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró after his first exhibition in France, embarking on
a lengthy career that ended with his death at 93 last year.
: Renhui is one of Singapore’s most famous
conceptual artists, better known by many for the fictional Institute of Critical Zoologists
that he “founded” and through which he creates
his works and exhibitions. His works explore the complex and often-toxic
relationship between humans and animals. “The
Institute of Critical Zoologists is a place where I can seek a different way to
look at animals,” he says. “[It’s] a space in which my concerns can be
experimented with, produced and mapped out in a systematic and formal way.”