Invisible Cities

Exhibition open from Fri Sep 29 2017 to Sun Dec 17 2017

The Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Contemporary, and the Moving Image Archive for Contemporary Art: MIACA (Hong Kong), are pleased to announce to co-organize Invisible Cities, an exhibition and screening series that showcases more than twenty contemporary video works by renowned and emerging artists from China, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Seen together as a series of video installations and screenings at Dallas Contemporary and at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, these pivotal artistic works outline recent developments in the moving image art in Asia.


Participating artists and collectives:

Akita, JAPAN: Tadasu Takamine

Bangkok, THAILAND: Taiki Sakpisit

Beijing, CHINA: Sun Xun

Berlin, GERMANY: Ming Wong

Fukushima, JAPAN: Bontaro Dokuyama, Finger Pointing Worker

Guangzhou, CHINA: Zhou Tao

Hanoi, VIETNAM: Nguyen Trinh Thi

Hong Kong, S.A.R.: Come Inside, Ellen Pau, Leung Chi Wo, Wong Ping

Manila, PHILIPPINES: Martha Atienza

Paris, FRANCE: Momoko Seto

Seoul, SOUTH KOREA: Lim Minouk

Singapore, SINGAPORE: Ho Rui An, Ho Tzu Nyen

Tainan, TAIWAN: Kai-Chun Chiang

Tokyo, JAPAN: Yu Araki, ChimPom, Kyun Chome, Hikaru Fujii

Yangon, MYANMAR: Moe Satt




Save the date for the Members’ Opening Celebration at Dallas Contemporary on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm celebrating Invisible Cities.  If you are a member and would like to rsvp, please email If you are not a member and would like to learn more about becoming a member click here.

On View at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Flora Street windows:

September 29 – October 15, 2017

MOE SATT Hands Around In Yangon

Moe Satt lives and works as an artist and curator in Yangon, Myanmar. His Hands Around In Yangon (2012) is a collection of video footage that focuses on hands in motion.

From the artist: “In the video, I recorded the hand movements of people around me: from laborers working on the streets and in the markets to friends and local artists. Do you think hand gestures can tell a story…about sadness, success, and so on? There are moving hands, working hands, eating hands, communicating hands. I collect many stories about the hands of others.”

Installed next to the video work is part of Moe Satt’s photographic series, Bicycle Tyre Rolling Event from Yangon (2013). It documents the artist playing a favorite game of children in Myanmar. Children will compete to see who can best control the tire, and who can roll it quickly and steadily. Under military regime for the past 50 years, the country’s citizens experienced extreme impoverishment and isolation. As a result, many children in Myanmar did not have access to foreign-made toys and would often creatively fashion toys and games from locally found and recycled materials. In this performance, the artist rolled a bicycle tire in and around the city of Yangon and through its well-known historical sites.

About the Artist

Moe Satt (b. 1983) started creating art after graduating from East Yangon University in Myanmar with a degree in Zoology in 2005. He is part of a new generation of emerging Burmese artists. In 2008, he founded and organized Beyond Pressure, an international festival of performance art in Myanmar. He has participated in live arts festivals throughout Asia and Europe and has been invited to serve as the resident artist at several locations, including International Residence at Recollets (Paris, 2015) and IASPIA (Sweden, 2016).

His work has been included in several major exhibitions, including the Busan Biennale (2012), CAFA Biennale (Beijing, 2013), Concept Context Contestation: Collective-Driven Art In Southeast Asia (Bangkok, 2013), and The Journal of the Plague Year (South Korea, 2014). The artist has curated exhibitions such as On/Off: Myanmar Contemporary Art Event, The Almaz Collective (Vietnam, 2010); Forward/Backward: 8 Myanmar Second-Wave Contemporary Artists, H Gallery (Thailand, 2011); The Mirror_ reflecting society, TS1 Gallery (Myanmar, 2014); and Silent for a While: Contemporary Art from Myanmar, 10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong, 2016).

October 17 – October 29, 2017

MING WONG After Chinatown 

Singapore-born, Berlin-based artist Ming Wong examines the shifting nature of identity through the re-enactment of archetypal characters in world cinema. In his video pieces, installations, and performances, Wong works with cinema and popular culture to consider how concepts of culture, gender, and representation are constructed, reproduced, and circulated. Through imperfect translations and reenactments, Wong uncovers the slippages that haunt ideas of “authenticity” and “originality.” Wong’s video installations often remake classic films, with the artist deliberately miscasting himself and playing all of the characters, regardless of gender or ethnicity.

About the Artist

Upon his graduation from NAFA in 1995 with a Diploma in Fine Art, majoring in Chinese Art, Ming Wong (b. 1971) pursued studies at the Slade School of Art, University College London, obtaining his Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art Media in 1999. He has showcased his works in numerous screenings and solo and group exhibitions at prestigious locations including the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, House of World Cultures in Berlin, and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. His works have been shown in many parts of the world, such as Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States of America and Singapore. He won a Special Mention at the 53rd Venice Biennale for his video installation, Life of Imitation.

Invisible Cities
will be accompanied by an illustrated exhibition guide featuring participating artist bios, statements, and curatorial conversations. The guide will be available at the Crow Collection of Asian Art and at Dallas Contemporary.

This project is organized by Hitomi Hasegawa, Director, Moving Image Archive for Contemporary Art: MIACA (Hong Kong); Lilia Kudelia, Assistant Curator, Dallas Contemporary; and Jacqueline Chao, Curator of Asian Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art.

MIACA, the Moving Image Archive of Contemporary Art, is an organization dedicated to the conservation and promotion of moving image works by Asian artists. Directed by Hitomi Hasegawa, MIACA started its activity in 2006 in Yokohama, Japan and is currently based in Hong Kong. The institution organizes exhibitions, temporary video libraries, talk events, and lectures by artists and art professionals. Invisible Cities will be MIACA’s first collaboration with U.S.-based museums.

Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum presenting new and fresh ideas from regional, national, and international artists. Modeled after European art centers and located in an industrial building in the Design District, Dallas Contemporary is one of the few institutions of its kind in the United States, offering temporary exhibitions, important lectures, and seminal learning programs.

Invisible Cities Full Schedule

Sept. 28 – Oct. 22, 2017 –  Invisible Cities exhibition opens at Dallas Contemporary 
Screening Program: Body and Memory
Featuring works by Yu Araki, Leung Chi Wo, Kai-Chun Chiang, Ellen Pau, Moe Satt, Zhou Tao, Sun Xun


Sept. 28 – Oct. 15, 2017 – Moe Satt “Hands Around In Yangon” installation on view at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Flora street windows


Sept. 28, at 7 pm – Invisible Cities Exhibition Opening Reception at Dallas Contemporary
***Free admission for Members of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Dallas Contemporary


Sept. 30, at 2 pm – Chit chat with Chim↑Pom collective about their exhibition at Dallas Contemporary moderated by Jason Waite, independent curator, and Lilia Kudelia, Dallas Contemporary Assistant Curator
***Free admission


Oct. 14, at 1 pm – Invisible Cities Forum at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Grand Gallery 
Will feature an exclusive screening and talk by Ho Tzu Nyen, performances by Moe Satt, Ho Rui An and Come Inside, and a panel discussion with the Invisible Cities curators.
***Free admission for Members of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Dallas Contemporary. Seating is limited.


Oct. 17  Oct. 29 – Ming Wong “After Chinatown” installation on view at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Flora street windows


Oct. 24 from 6:30-8:30 pm – Exclusive screening of Nguyen Trinh Thi’s short films Letters from Panduranga (2015) and Vietnam The Movie (2016) at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Grand Gallery
***Free admission for Members of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Dallas Contemporary. Seating is limited.


Oct. 24 – Nov. 19 – Invisible Cities exhibition at Dallas Contemporary 
Screening Program: City Landscapes
Featuring works by Martha Atienza, Hikaru Fujii, Lim Minouk, Ho Tzu Nyen, Wong Ping, Taiki Sakpisit, Nguyen Trinh Thi


Nov. 21 – Dec. 17 – Invisible Cities exhibition at Dallas Contemporary
Screening Program: Fukushima
Featuring works by Kyun Chome, Bontaro Dokuyama, ChimPom, Momoko Seto, Tadasu Takamine, Finger Pointing Worker


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