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Terence Koh, Captain Buddha, 2008

IMAGINE, THERE: Three Contemporary Mythologies

assume vivid astro focus, Oliver Husain, Terence Koh

Main Gallery

February 13 – March 13, 2009

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Using fictional and mysterious biographies, the artists in this exhibition become part of their projects; malleable entities that reshape themselves with the work being presented. Having displaced themselves from their countries of origin, these three international queer artists use their cultural roots in their artistic explorations. By utilizing new media and web-based art practices, they are able to re-conceptualize the art persona so that viewers may reconsider how we rely on the artist as cultural representative.


assume vivid astro focus (avaf) is an international art collective with members born between the 20th and 21st centuries in various parts of the world and nomadic. The artistic force known as avaf produces installations, celebrations, elevations, and rehabilitations of back-bending, gender-bending, explosive, and extravagant proportions. avaf has been exhibited by the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; and most recently at the Sao Paolo Biennial, Brazil. avaf is represented by Peres Projects, Berlin/Los Angeles and John Connelly Presents, New York.

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