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The Politics of Art in Southeast Asia Seminar Series

The Politics of Art in Southeast Asia seminar series was launched in July 2016 and is a platform for scholars and practitioners to present their research on arts in the region. We welcome art historians, cultural critics, curators, artists, sociologists, anthropologists and others who have investigated or developed original research. ‘The politics of art’, in this case, refers to research on the social production process, political and cultural influences, art market, art institutions, art-state relations, and the politics of cultural production.

The aim of the seminar series is to provide opportunities for researchers to present their findings or work-in-progress to an audience from diverse backgrounds. It seeks to serve as a public forum to bridge the gap between art scholars and specialists from other disciplines by addressing issues relating to the complexities of cultural production.

The subject of research should be Southeast Asian and may span modern and contemporary art. The subject matter may include, though not limited to, genres like painting, sculpture, theatre, film, literature, music, dance, and prints.

The seminar series is interested in various themes such as the socio-political role of traditional or ethnic arts; the importance of art in the nation-building project; representations of the ‘nation’ in Southeast Asian art; the biographies of regional artists; contextualising artistic movements or national narratives; the politics of art institutions and their relations with the state and artists.

Coordinators

Terence Chong (terencechong@iseas.edu.sg)

Hélène Njoto (helene_njoto@iseas.edu.sg)

Previous Lectures / Seminars / Workshops / Conferences

2018

October
Performance, Affect and Memory in Tan Pin Pin’s Films by Cheng Nien Yuan (Monday, 29 October 2018) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here

September
Post-1986 Revisited: The Politics of Representation in Contemporary Vietnamese Art by Ms Đỗ Tường Linh (Tuesday, 11 September 2018) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

June
Staging the Colonial-Self: Photographing Industrialised Dutch East Indies at the Turn of the 20th Century by Alexander Supartono (Friday, 29 June 2018) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

April

The Strong Body Canon: The Art of the People’s Party after Thailand’s 1932 Revolution by Thanavi Chotpradit (Monday, 16 April 2018) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

March
Reflections on the Spanish Conquest and its Representation in the Philippines: El Pacto de Sangre (1886, The Blood Compact) by Juan Luna (1857-1899) by Emmanuelle Sinardet (Thursday, 1 March 2018) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

2017

September
The Import of Art: Exhibiting Singapore’s National Development through MoMA’s Visionary Architecture by Kathleen Ditzig (Friday, 29 September 2017) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

Indonesian Art in 1976: A Hundred Years of Indonesian Art by Adrian Vickers (Thursday, 14 September 2017) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

May

Returning to the Roots: Lim Tze Peng’s Visions of the Nanyang Dream by Chinmiao Hsu (Thursday, 4 May 2017) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

April
Visualizing a New Kampuchea: Developing a Post Khmer Rouge National Art Identity by Christine Ege (Wednesday, 12 April 2017) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

March
The Culture of Impunity and Alternative Memories in Films: A Comparative Study of Indonesia and Thailand by Chontida Auikool (Friday, 31 March 2017) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

February
Ironies of Theory and Practice: Singapore New Wave Cinema by Dr Gerald Sim (Thursday, 23 February 2017) - For event announcement, please click here. For event summary, please click here.

January
National Imaginations in Southeast Asian Art Workshop (Friday, 20 January 2017) - For event announcement, please click here; For event summary, please click here.

2016

November
Colonials or Cosmopolitans? Vietnamese Artists in Paris in the 1930s-1940 by Dr Phoebe Scott (Wednesday, 23 November 2016) - For event announcement, please click here; for event summary, please click here.

Representations of the Ottomans in Javanese Reverse Glass Painting by Professor Jérome Samuel (Friday, 4 November 2016) - For event announcement, please click here; for event summary, please click here.

October
Political Art in Southeast Asia : The Role of LEKRA in Indonesia by Professor Adrian Vickers (Wednesday, 26 October 2016) - For event announcement, please click here; for event summary, please click here.

September
Japanese Artists in Indonesia and Singapore During the Occupation (1942-1945) by Mr Antariksa (Wednesday, 28 September 2016) - For event announcement, please click here; for event summary, please click here.

August
After Finding Francis: Teo Kah Leng’s Malayan Poetry in the Era of Decolonization by Dr Eriko Ogihara-Schuck (Tuesday, 2 August 2016) - For event announcement, please click here; for event summary, please click here.

July
On Nineteenth Century Origins of Art in Singapore by Mr Kwa Chong Guan (Monday, 18 July 2016) - For event announcement, please click here; for event summary, please click here.

June
Breaking Manila: Identifying Emerging Modern and Contemporary Art Collecting Behaviours in the Philippines by Ms Kaye Aboitiz (Wednesday, 1 June 2016)