Concept Context Contestation: Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia

‘Assembling over 60 contemporary works from eight Southeast Asian countries, Concept Context Contestation charts the art of three generations from the 1970s until today. Commissioned by Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, and curated by Iola Lenzi (Singapore), Agung Hujatnikajennong (Indonesia) and Vipash Purichanont (Thailand), the exhibition instigates cross-national and cross-generational expressive dialogues to reveal the region’s deployment of conceptual approaches in the making of art with social purpose. Including media and artistic genres of all types, the exhibition further uncovers the cross-disciplinary nature of regional contemporary art. Finally, exposing artists’ predilection for interactive strategies that stimulate public engagement with real issues, Concept Context Contestation illustrates the way in which Southeast Asian contemporary art meshes with life.’ – from the back cover