The 2019 Sydney Asian Art Series presents four leading international voices on early, modern and contemporary Asian art, addressing the theme Art and urban cultures.

From Isfahan to Edo, Kaifeng to Kolkata—cities have been major subjects, patrons and audiences for all fields of art. Indeed, the arts are part of the very fabric of urban life. These lectures explore the intersection of art, film and architecture in a range of Asian cities, historical and contemporary, considering urban spaces as sites of taste-making and sensorial plenty, as models for imagined futures, as vessels for us to recognise shared pasts, and as stages for the formation of political identities.


Sussan Babaie | Reader in the history of Iranian and Islamic art and architecture, Courtault Institute of Art
Seeing Taste: Art, Cuisine and Urbanity in Safavid Persia/Iran
28 March 2019

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Malini Guha | Associate Professor of Film Studies, Carleton University
Kolkota “Rising”: The Politics of Place in Recent Bengali Cinema
21 May 2019

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Yasufumi Nakamori | Senior Curator, International Art (Photography), Tate Modern
A History of Japanese Photography: Images of the City After Disaster
24 August 2019

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Cole Roskam |  Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Displaying Reform: Exhibitionary Architecture and the Early Reform Era in the People’s Republic of China
18 September 2019

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