Asia Triennial Manchester 2018 at HOME

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
Asia Triennial Manchester 2018
Koya Yamashiro

Asia Triennial Manchester 2018 at HOME at HOME Manchester, Manchester 5 — 21 October 2018 Entrance is free

Celebrate the launch of Asia Triennial Manchester 2018 on 5 Oct with a free evening of art and performance at HOME. To kick things off, London-based Japanese dance and movement artist Masumi Saito will perform KOMA at 6.30 – a participatory work designed to alter the audience’s role as bystanders and reflect on notions of physicality. Manchester based artist and writer Qasim Riza Shaheen will then explore archetypes of longing and desire in his eclectic piece The day after the day before I sinned (7pm), featuring five lip-syncing brides.

We’d also recommend arriving early if you can, in time to catch the festival’s free opening panel discussion, ‘Where are you really from’, at 5pm, which will address questions such as: To what extent is the migratory experience central to Asian identities and artistic practice in contemporary art? And how do modern Asian identities intersect with current narratives around sexuality, masculinity, feminism and queerness? (Booking required.)

Looking towards the rest of ATM2018 at HOME, we’re intrigued to experience Our mother and the women who fed us rice (7pm, 6 Oct, free) – a homage to artists’ Fa & Fo’s final acceptance of their heritage, growing-up in a culture where Thai women immigrants are often stereotyped as mail order brides or sex workers. Combining film and performance, commercial pop references and deeply personal subject matter, this should be a moving, provocative and richly multi-faceted experience for all present. Before visiting Fa & Fo’s piece, make sure you have a go on The Time Machine – an interactive sculpture by Pendle-based artist and co-founder of In-Situ, William Titley, which investigates the role of popular music in collective identity and shared memories (2-6pm & 7-9pm, 6 Oct, free).

Taking us back to the more messy stage in the artistic process, Indian-born British artist Jai Chuhan will take-over HOME’s main gallery space for an entire week, converting it into an open working studio and creative refuge. Questions around the intersection between identity, gender, nature and modern technologies will fill the room, alongside sculptural objects, dancers and models. Audiences will be invited to creatively respond both throughout the course of the exhibition and during a series of free dance events (15 & 17 Oct) and life-drawing workshops (19-20 Oct). Chuhan’s solo-show Refuge will also run 15 Sep-24 Nov at Gallery Oldham.

Lastly, ‘Adventures in Super 8’ (9-23 Oct) – a mini cinema season dedicated to the early films of Japan’s punk generation – offers a rare opportunity to experience some of the early, experimental works of influential film directors, such as Tsukamoto Shinya and Sono Sion.

Asia Triennial Manchester 2018 takes place in 15 venues across the city from 5-21 Oct. Find our overall preview of the festival here.

Asia Triennial Manchester 2018 at HOME at HOME Manchester, Manchester 5 — 21 October 2018 Entrance is free

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Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

The Ritz Manchester live music venue
Music venue
The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Event venue

Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Rain Bar pub in Manchester
City Centre
Bar or Pub
Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

Bar or Pub
The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

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