The UK’s only Asian art triennial, Asia Triennial Manchester 2011, comprised of 48 artists from 17 countries across Asia, is a festival of visual culture that features a series of exhibitions, commissions and interventions by international and UK artists exploring the theme of Time and Generation, presenting new site-specific work alongside work not seen before in the UK, and challenging stereotypical viewpoints of contemporary Asian artistic practice.
“5 Places”, a partnership between Bury Art Gallery in Manchester and Metasenta in Melbourne, created a sequence of shows in five locations around the world linked to ideas of artistic mobility and new ways of engaging with place and identity in a globalized culture. “5 Places” was guest curated by Irene Barberis of Metasenta and featured two Chinese artists Shen Shaomin and Tam Wai Ping.
Tam Wai Ping’s Life Pilgrimages series have been exploring the relationship between “Individuality and Land” that enables an in-depth insight into history and modern life, leading to the investigation of modernity in Asian values. Tam embarked on a photographic and writing travelogue since 2006 till 2011 covered more than 8 cities in Asia. Questioning whether all the places are the same; and where the boundary, identity and praxis to ascertain location and cultural identity rests. The development of Life Pilgrimages will progress to develop experience of working in regional countries.