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ACAW 09: Zarina Hashmi and Seher Shah

Cultural historian David Lelyveld moderated this conversation between Zarina Hashmi of India and Seher Shah of Pakistan, which took place on the wet evening of 16 May, 2009, at CUE Art Foundation, with support from the Bose Pacia gallery. For its 2009 schedule, ACAW made a concerted effort to expand the community of Asian Art beyond the assumptive Sino-Japanese definition. This discussion reflects the importance of maintaining cultural discourse and exchange in channels where one expects political hostility; it has set a profound precedent for next year’s ACAW (1 hour 12 minutes).


Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art


In collaboration with Clocktower Radio (formerly, Leeza Ahmady, independent curator and director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), conducts interviews with artists, curators, critics, and experts working both inside and outside of Asia. The program will include Ahmady's reports from around town and will feature select recordings of conversations, talks, and panel discussions across venues in New York City.

Born in Afghanistan and based in New York, Ahmady is an independent art curator, educator, and noted specialist in art from Central Asia. As the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society, Ahmady brings together leading New York City galleries and museums to participate in special exhibitions, receptions, lectures, and performances citywide.

Asian Contemporary Art Week connects leading New York City galleries and museums in a citywide event comprised of public exhibitions, receptions, lectures and performances. The Week focuses on the broad spectrum of artworks produced by Asian contemporary artists working in their home countries and abroad. Asian Contemporary Art Week is organized by Asian Contemporary Art Consortium. Clocktower Radio is a media sponsor for the events and the recordings collected over the years are available in this section of the archive.

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