Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia
Performance art is one of the driving forces in contemporary art across Southeast Asia. It is an art form that acknowledges the cultural traditions of performance within the region, while also providing avant-garde artists with a creative means to critically explore social, political and environmental issues. The exhibition “Political Acts” presents a selection of artists’ films, photographs and installations by some of the pioneers of performance art in Southeast Asia. Artists featured in the exhibition include Dadang Christanto (Indonesia / Australia), Lee Wen (Singapore), Liew Teck Leong (Malaysia), Khvay Samnang (Cambodia), Moe Satt (Myanmar), Melati Suryodarmo (Indonesia) and Tran Luong (Vietnam). Until 21 May, Gallery 1, Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. 1300 182 183. artscentremelbourne.com.au
Left: “Political Acts”, Lee Wen: “Splash! #7”, 2003. Courtesy the artist and ipreciation, Singapore.