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04 Jul 2011

Asia Art Archive

Asia Art Archive (AAA) is an independent non-profit organisation co-founded by Claire Hsu and Johnson Chang in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and make accessible the multiple recent histories of art in the region.

A team is responsible for AAA’s collection, research activities, programming, and operations. With one of the most valuable growing collections of material on the recent history of art from Asia, freely available from the website and onsite library, AAA builds tools and communities to collectively expand knowledge through research, residency, and educational programmes.

Their collection comprises a vast range of documentation, including the personal archives of significant artists, educators, and art professionals as well as key exhibitions and art spaces. They continually add to it through a research, acquisition, and digitisation process. Their library houses the physical collection, which encompasses reference books, monographs, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, and rare ephemeral material.

AAA activates and circulates the collection in multiple ways: by offering residencies and grants for art professionals to conduct research at AAA, creating teaching resources for educators, presenting regular programming and partnering with arts initiatives to critically enquire into the collection, partnering with educational institutions to use the collection to look at how art is taught, and by commissioning and publishing articles around the collection.