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Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt

Re-Imagining Asia

MANABU IKEDA,  History of rise and fall, 2006, Pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on board, 200 x 200 cm. Photo by Kei Miyajima. Courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo.

The title of this exhibition pinpoints its major flaws. Although the show intended to counteract existing stereotypes and clichés applied to Asia, it actually further supported them by positing Asia as a discernable whole. Moreover, curators Wu Hung and Shaheen Merali failed to present the cultural or political backdrop against which

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