How are facets of Southeast Asian modern art imaginatively engaged in contemporary practices—by artists, by archivists, and by others? This presentation highlights two ongoing research projects, which draw on histories of modern art in this region with radically unlike methodologies: one is archival, yet innovative and unconventional in nature; the other is artistic, yet includes work from archives and involves other kinds of looking. The experimental curatorial juxtaposition of the two projects asks what resonances between them might surface, which may suggest unexpected connections across the region, and across times. Among these surprising synergies are the presences of spirituality and the Cold War, and the refiguring of past forms within differing developments of the modern.
Venue: NTU CCA Singapore, The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks
When: 1 Dec 2018 - 10 Feb 2019,