Art Stage Singapore 2017 - Southeast Asia Forum: The Free and the Brave: A...
Art Stage Singapore 2017
Southeast Asia Forum
The Free and the Brave:
A two-part session on independent art initiatives in Southeast Asia
Part I: Artist-initiated Spaces and Platforms
With Nathalie Johnston, Norberto Roldan, Grace Samboh and Jason Wee
Moderated by Chương-Đài Võ
Date: Thursday, 12 January 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 3:45pm
(including an introduction by Art Stage)
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre,
Level 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F), 10 Bayfront Avenue
Artist-initiated spaces and platforms have been pioneers in creating the art ecologies of Southeast Asia. With a do-it-yourself strategy, various spaces have and continue to offer artists, researchers, and curators opportunities for experimentation and questioning of the status quo. Often framed as “independent,” however, these spaces still must face the mundane requirements of maintenance such as rent, labour, utilities, production, and other resources. This panel will discuss why various platforms came into being, how their structures allow for flexibility and adaptation, how their priorities shape and have been shaped by ideas about their communities near and far, and how they have navigated the demands of capital and the mundane.
Curator, Researcher and Director, Myanm/art, Yangon
Artist and Artistic Director, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila
Independent Curator and Researcher, Hyphen, Yogyakarta
Artist, Curator, Writer and Founder, Grey Projects, Singapore
Researcher, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
About the Speakers
Nathalie Johnston is a curator and researcher living in Yangon, Myanmar. She recently founded Myanm/art, an exhibition space, gallery and reading room, in order to further investigate contemporary Myanmar art, assist in collaborations between creative fields in Yangon and cities such as Beijing, Singapore and Stockholm, and promote artists and their work to a local and international audience. She began her work in 2009, completed her MA thesis on the evolution of performance art in Myanmar in 2010, and has directed numerous projects since, including 7000 Padauk, Myanmar Art Resource Centre and Archive (MARCA), TS1 Yangon, Mobile Library Myanmar, and several others involving architecture, photography, and experimental music. Her published work is available through media outlets and art magazines, in order to build knowledge in the mainstream media on the arts in Myanmar and reach a wide audience. Her goals and interests in arts, accessibility, education and digitisation are all manifested through her work.
Norberto Roldan addresses social, political and cultural issues in the Philippines. His work reflects issues surrounding everyday life, history and collective memory. He co-founded Black Artists in Asia in 1986, a Bacolod-based group focused on socially and politically progressive practice. Roldan is currently the artistic director of Green Papaya Art Projects, the longest running independent multimedia platform in the Philippines he co-founded in 2000. It endeavours to provide a platform for intellectual exchange, critical dialogue and practical collaborations among the arts community. He considers Green Papaya as part of his artistic practice and an extension of his political activism and cultural work.
Grace Samboh is a curator based in Yogyakarta and Medan, Indonesia. Recent curatorial projects include: The Unsung Museum (2016–2018), a travelling museum focused on discourse relating to Indonesia’s Reformation Era; Banyak-banyak or “Many-many” (2014–2015) for The Independence Project, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne; and, Tahun Tanah 2015 (“The Earth Year”), a year-long research project in collaboration with Jatiwangi Art Factory, Majalengka, West Java. With partners of Hyphen, which she co-founded, she is researching the Indonesia New Art Movement, 1975–1989. Grace is also Programme Manager of Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation’s Equator Symposium, and a member of the curatorial team behind Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980 to Now, an exhibition (forthcoming in 2017) co-organised by National Art Centre, Tokyo, the Mori Art Museum and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre.
Jason Wee is an artist and a writer working between contemporary art, architecture, poetry and photography. His art practice contends with sources of singular authority in favour of polyphony and difference. He founded and runs Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library and residency that focuses on curatorship, new writing, design propositions and art. He is an editor for Softblow poetry journal. He was previously editor of Vehicle arts journal, published by Plastique Kinetic Worms. He was a 2005–2006 Studio Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Programme. He has shown in the Chelsea Art Museum, Photo New York (New York), Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), ifa galerie (Stuttgart and Berlin), Singapore Art Museum, ArtScience Museum, Singapore Biennale, Manila Contemporary, and Valentine Willie Kuala Lumpur. Artist-in-residencies include Artspace Sydney, ISEA 2008, Tokyo Wonder Site, Contemporary Art Japan (Tokyo), and Gyeonggi Creation Centre in Korea.
Chương-Đài Võ is a Researcher at Asia Art Archive and an independent curator; her interests focus on modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia. Her publications can be found in Taipei Fine Arts Museum’s Modern Art Quarterly, the anthology Film in Contemporary Southeast Asia: Cultural Interpretation and Social Intervention, and Journal of Vietnamese Studies. She is a former Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; in addition, she has received fellowships and curatorial grants from apexart, Asian Cultural Council, Fulbright Programme, National Endowment for the Humanities, and University of California Pacific Rim Research Programme. She has a PhD from University of California, San Diego, and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
Date and Time
Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Centre
Level 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F)
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore, Singapore 018956