The Secret Archipelago exhibition offers an encounter with contemporary art of Southeast Asia, a region in transformation, in which artists, rooted in ancient traditions are also simultaneously immersed in ultracontemporain. The exhibition explores, through a forty works mostly designed for the occasion, the ideas and practices of contemporary artists from South Asia, who have mostly never been shown beyond the borders of their home country. If more and more artists from this region now appear in the major international events of contemporary art, the bias of this exhibition is to present artists remained secret and in the shadow of the world's radar international art. Their works reflect a stretch between past and future, and embody a creative tension between memory and tradition on the one hand, and Western contemporary influences the other, while bringing to the art of today particular languages. While most artists were introduced to Western art, their sensitivities belong to a vernacular heritage and feed syncretic spiritual and cultural practices. The exhibition reflects this porosity between cultures across the archipelago, this palimpsest between periods, these bridges between spiritual influences.
Multidisciplinary, the exhibition will consist of installations, videos, sculptures, sound works, but also performances that will take place randomly in the heart of the exhibition space. Entering the secret landscape of the Archipelago exhibition invites to dispose of a look and a reading of Western art and to discover a language, codes and largely unknown cultural expressions.
With: Ahmad Abu Bakar, Reza Afisina, Ruangsak Anuwatwimon, Liu Cheng Hua, Chris Chong Chan Fui, Mideo Cruz, Kawayan De Guia, Dex Fernandez, Azmy Hassan, ISE, Aung Ko (artist in residence at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC), Aye Ko , Zai Kuning, The Brothers, Gerald Leow, Kamin Lertchaiprasert Lynn Lu, Tran Luong Vendy Methodos, Hayati Mokhtar, NADA, Zaki Razak Tisna Sanjaya, Svay Sareth, Angie Seah, Shirley Soh, Speakcryptic, Rich Streitmatter-Tran, Dennis Tan Ta Jedsada ngtrakulwong, Ryan Villamael, Lee Wen, Andree Weschler, Iwan Wijono, Yoeu Anida Ali.
My work in the exhibition:
The Women and the Waq Waq
Secret Archipeligo Palais de Tokyo, Paris 26 Mar - 17 May, 2015 Curator: Khai Hori