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Sculpture Alumnus Yan to Exhibit at Toronto International Art Fair

Xiaojing Yan, M.F.A Sculpture alumnus of the Department of Art, will exhibit at the 2012 Toronto International Art Fair. Yan’s work will be included in “Focus ASIA,” an initiative designed to introduce collectors to the dynamic contemporary art practice of the world’s largest continent. Focus ASIA is an invitational section of 13 contemporary galleries from seven countries.

“Focus ASIA” will also include a related curated project by the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) and an engaging program of panel discussions and keynote presentations by leading art professionals from the international art community. This year’s feature project, “Beyond Geography,” is a thought-provoking exhibition of video work and installations that asks: What kind of art do audiences expect to be produced by a diverse group of artists who happen to have lived in Asia or are of Asian descent? When looking at specific materials used by these artists, is one more or less inclined to support or change our perceptions of Asia? Curated by Shengtian Zheng and Katherine Don.

As the presenting sponsor of Focus ASIA, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art will feature a series of 50 interviews with contemporary Chinese artists who have graced the cover of the publication from 2002 to 2012. Yishu Interviews marks the 10-year anniversary of the Vancouver/Taipei-based arts journal. A selection of these interviews will be launched at Art Toronto 2012 and will be accessible online. Yishu Interviews is produced by Shengtian Zheng, Don Li-Leger, Debra Zhou, and Lin Li.

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