Stealing Public Space examines Southeast Asian contemporary art that co-opts different types of public space to engage and empower the public on collective, social issues.
Since the 1970s, and more markedly after 1990, regional artists have occupied alternative spaces for their works to expand viewership beyond the white cube, or in reaction to institutions unreceptive to experimental art. This site-specificity emerges from necessity, and a desire to activate art as an incursion into public zones, which can be physical, as well as sometimes intangible.
Stealing Public Space explores the connection between Southeast Asian art languages, the city, and intangible or symbolic public “sites” such as money, national anthems, history, and maps. This expansive exhibition comprises 25 artists, including Nindityo Adipurnomo (Indonesia), Lee Wen, Vertical Submarine, and Ming Wong (Singapore), Manit Sriwanichpoom, Jakkai Siributr and Sutee Kunavichayanont (Thailand), Dinh Q. Le and Vu Dan Tan (Vietnam), Martha Atienza (Philippines), and Chaw Ei Thein (Myanmar) and 31 historical and newly-commissioned works by established and emerging artists from across the region. Several works invite audience participation, exemplifying expressive strategies that distinguish Southeast Asian contemporary art on the global scene.
Hours: Tue – Sun, 12pm – 8pm daily
Closed on Mondays and Chinese New Year (24 – 27 Jan 2020)
Venue: The Substation
When: 11 Jan - 23 Feb 2020, 12noon - 8pm, closed on Mondays
By: The Substation