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Talk: Guns and Greenbacks: Southeast Asian Art in Critical Dialogue with Power

November 7, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

photo of 2005 performance piece by Bui Cong Khanh

“Dollar Man” (2005), by Bui Cong Khanh, photograph and public performance

About the Talk

From the 1970s onwards, in nation-building, post-colonial Southeast Asia, a handful of visual artists have used their art to promote social progress. They have prompted audiences’ critical social thinking by creating a wide variety of artworks, including those that involved physical experiences, that utilize irony and humor, and that are experienced in ordinary environments such as on the street. By examining contemporary artworks from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, and the Philippines, this lecture shows the mechanics and appeal of socially-engaged aesthetic innovation, and argues this methodology of public invitation and intervention as a central trait of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

Venue: Tokioka Room, Moore Hall 319. See below for map.

photo of Iola LenziAbout the Speaker: Iola Lenzi

Lenzi is a Singapore-based curator, lecturer, and critic specializing in contemporary arts of Southeast Asia. She is author of Museums of Southeast Asia (2005), and has curated exhibitions in in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Bangkok. She serves as lecturer for the Asian Art Histories MA program at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, and as regional correspondent for Asian Art, London.


November 7, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Center for Southeast Asian Studies


Tokioka Room, Moore Hall 319
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 United States
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