Aaina Bhargava

Aaina Bhargava

Reporter, Culture

Aaina Bhargava joined the Post 2019-2020 after working as an Editor for the online art platform CoBo Social. She studied Art History, specialising in contemporary art, and has extensive experience wor

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‘As if you don’t exist’: facing anti-blackness in Hong Kong and China
For Marie-Louisa Awolaja, a British-Nigerian, life in Hong Kong often means she is highly visible as a Black woman, yet simultaneously invisible. “I was surprised at how invisible I was, in a way,” she said. “I expect to be stared at on this side of the world. People don’t necessarily, especially locals, they just carry on – most of the stares you get are from mainland [Chinese] tourists. But when it comes to service, it becomes more evident. They sometimes just don’t acknowledge you. It’s as if you don’t exist.” Her voice is one of many shared on HomeGrown, a new podcast she co-created with fellow British-Nigerian Folahan Sowole as a guide to the Black expat experience in Hong Kong.  It in
An old factory neighborhood is now Shanghai's art mecca
The Shanghai visual arts scene is buzzing and everyone wants a piece of the action. Leading the pack is France’s Pompidou Centre, which opened its first outpost outside Europe on the West Bund last week. Inaugurated by French President Emmanuel Macron and opened to the public last Friday, the Pompidou Centre x West Bund Museum Project is the latest in a series of institutional collaborations that exemplify the Chinese city’s growing appetite for culture. There is the privately run Yuz Museum, led by Indonesian-Chinese art collector Budi Tek, which has announced a partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Qatar Museums and cites exposure and cross-cultural exchange as