A3 embraces global perspectives on contemporary art across Asia and the Asia-Pacific region as a way to develop a closer relationship with Kadist's local venues in San Francisco and Paris. The name A3 suggests a multi-dimensional understanding of what it means to be Asian. The collection aims to put forward the complex individual voices of both emerging and established artists from nations including China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Pakistan and New Zealand. A3 is not simply a collection, it is also an apparatus through which Kadist builds long term conversations and collaborations with artists, curators and organization from the region through involving them with the residency, curatorial and publication projects of Kadist. The A3 collection is directed by Kadist advisor Hou Hanru.