Exhibitions in Southeast Asia
By Jaclyn Chong
Here are a number of exhibitions in Southeast Asia that are on our radar for the month of March:
‘Superfold’ at A+ Works of Art, Kuala Lumpur
Tawatchai Puntusawasdi will showcase his preliminary body of works in an exhibition curated by Vipash Purichanont. This includes sketches, metal plate etching, prototypes and experiments for artworks, some of which have been included in the 2018 Bangkok Biennale and the blockbuster show ‘Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.’ at the National Gallery Singapore.
14 March to 6 April
‘FAUX’ at Wei-Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur
Ivan Lam’s solo exhibition ‘FAUX’ is a series of nine new pieces that questions tensions between real and artificial threads of knowledge. As he immortalises flowers in still life paintings, he places them alongside manmade stone, exploring a phenomenon in contemporary society where we become unable to differentiate between truth and fiction.
21 February to 2 April
‘Revisited < > Departed’ at Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok
‘Revisted < > Departed’ is based on letters that Rawin Nawanchaikul penned to two key figures in his life: his father, and his late teacher Thai artist Montien Boonma. Framed as a performance of revisiting what has departed, the letters to Boonma from 2010, 2013 and 2018 serve as a focal point for the exhibition in rewriting or re-reading what has happened.
15 February to 7 April
‘Machine is Nature’ at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City
The Factory together with Inlen Photo Gallery present ‘Machine is Nature’, featuring 15 artists from Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, China and the United Kingdom. Looking at how machines have become “nature”, the exhibition is divided into four broad themes: ‘Matters’, ‘Manipulations’, ‘Mechascapes’ and ‘Ruminations’. Along these themes are moving images and photographs that lead us through the life cycle of the past, present and future.
22 February to 21 April
‘Robots and Flying Machines’ at Vin Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City
Design by Reborn present ‘Robots and Flying Machines’ at Vin Gallery. A conceptual art studio, they take forgotten objects and refashion them into contemporary art forms. With a uniquely quotidian take on the not-so-distant future, the sculptural objects are embellished with Old Vietnamese motifs and draw from patterns of wooden windows and metal grilles.
1 March to 19 April
‘Bandung Axis’ at Salihara Gallery, Jakarta
Presented by ARTSociates and Komunitas Salihara, ‘Bandung Axis’ marks a timely look into the development of the Bandung School or “Mazhab Bandung”, a term first used by researcher Claire Holt in 1967. The exhibition looks at how a “contemporary” practice and the origins of abstract art in Indonesia has its historical roots in modernising “traditional principles”. This will be complemented by talks and discussions with key figures from the Bandung School.
3 March to 1 April
‘Assemblage’ at Lawangwangi Creative Space, Bandung
Following the broad overview of practices from the Bandung School, this exhibition at Lawangwangi Creative Space examines works by past and present finalists of the Bandung Contemporary Art Award (BaCAA). Currently in its 5th edition, the award recognises the initiatives of artists working across mediums from the analog to the digital.
22 February to 22 March
‘+63 +62’ at Silverlens Galleries, Manila
‘+63 +62’ at Silverlens Galleries shows the works of contemporary Indonesian and Filipino artists Agus Suwage, Melati Suryodarmo, Geraldine Javer and Leslie de Chavez. These artists have moved out of major cities to establish their own studios and communities. The works presented form an exploration into identities forged beyond national borderlines.
16 February to 16 March