Encounters: Future Islands and Forests―Siting Southeast Asian Contemporary Art

Encounters: Future Islands and Forests―Siting Southeast Asian Contemporary Art

Southeast Asia as a region has undergone tremendous change since the onset of the 21st century. Recovering from colonialism, war, military rule and political upheaval that plagued them in the 20th century, these 13 nations have enjoyed two decades of prosperity and economic growth but not without a cost. With a Global Economy comes concern for the future of the environment and the fate of traditional culture. This talk will take as its starting point the Thailand Biennale that has commissioned site specific works from 60 international artists installed in the seaside resort town of Krabi and discuss several artists from Southeast Asia whose works call attention to the changing landscape of the region as a result of rapid development. These artists work with nature, traditional materials and contemporary technology to reflect on Southeast Asia as a site of cultural production.

Tickets include a meal inspired by the presentation.

For any dietary restrictions, questions, or assistance with ticket purchases, please contact the Asian Art Council at aac@artic.edu or 312-443-7282.

Image: MAP Office, Thailand Biennale, Krabi, 2018.

Date: April 24
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Nichols Board of Trustees Suite

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