Thanks for Nothing x ASIA NOW 2022

A day of programs on the socially engaged Asian art scene

You can cut all the flowers, but you can’t keep spring from coming © Chalisée Naamani

Friday, October 21st 2022


At the invitation of ASIA NOW, Thanks for Nothing organized one collaborative and educational workshop and 4 panels that highlighted the socially engaged practices of the Asian art scene.

Highlighting different individual and collective practices, the diversity of the speakers has put forward the different regions’ artistic richness, the curatorial processes and the social engagement of the Asian art scene.

Credit : © The Social Medium.

Collaborative workshop with artist Desire Moheb-Zandi
9:30AM – 11AM

Thanks for Nothing organized a collaborative and educational workshop with the Turkish-German artist Desire Moheb-Zandi. It involved 2 first grade classes from the Porte Brancion elementary school (Paris 15th) considered Réseau d’Éducation Prioritaire.

Panel n°1:
Ceramics, a craft and socially engaged practice
12PM – 1:15PM In French


  • Nicolas Trembley, Art Critic and Curator
  • Anne Dressen, Curator at the ARC, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Doctorate student SACRe at the ENS
  • Graziella Semerciyan, Curator and Founder of the eponymous gallery
  • Natsuko Uchino, Artist
  • Moderators: Marine Van Schoonbeek and Aska Gauthier, Thanks for Nothing

Panel n°2:
Creating in times of crisis through the lens of Lebanon, Iran and China
2:30PM – 3:45PM In French and in English


  • Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Artists, Filmmakers and Founding members of the Correspondaences Program
  • Sandra Terdjman, Co-founder of KADIST/ AFIELD and Founding member of the Correspondaences Program
  • Barbad Golshiri, Artist
  • Chalisée Naamani, Artist
  • Mehdi Brit, Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy in China (2018-2022), Curator
  • Moderators: Marine Van Schoonbeek and Clarisse Dumazy, Thanks for Nothing

Panel n°3:
Collective practices in Asia
4PM – 5:15PM In English


  • Antariksa, Historian and Artist, Founding member of KUNCI
  • Kei Imazu and Badus Pandega, Artists
  • Aung Ko, Artist
  • Yipei Lee, Founder and Curator of SUAVEART & Wagiwagi
  • Moderator: Kathy Alliou, Head of collection, exhibition and educational program of Les Beaux-Arts de Paris, Artistic Director of Asia Now 2022

Panel n°4:
Mapping out Asia
5:30PM – 6:45PM In English and French


  • Sabih Ahmed, Associate Director and Curator, Ishara Art Foundation
  • Arnaud Bertrand, Archaeologist, sinologist, co-founder of the Asia Collections Network-Europe, Cultural Coordinator of the Printemps Asiatique, Executive Director of French Association of Friends of the Orient
  • Yang Jiechang, Artist
  • Yessaï Karapetian, Pianist and composer
  • Martina Köppel-Yang, Curator
  • Moderator: Anne-Hélène Decaux, President of Thanks for Nothing and Jean-Michel Dumont, Founding member Asia Society France
  • Intervention from Alireza Shojaian, Artist