Po­lit­i­cal Acts: Pioneers of Per­for­mance Art in South­east Asia

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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.

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