The Roving Eye

Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia at Arter, Istanbul


Arter presents a new group exhibition The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, that shows more than 40 works by 36 of Southeast Asia’s most innovative contemporary artists from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia tries to involve the visitors into today’s regional culture and the many tensions cleaving not only the societies of Southeast Asia.

It features installations, videos, sound pieces, photography and performances to lead the visitors to a deeper conversation about social deficiencies, abuse of power, oppression and the prostitution of money. In ironical and serious ways you feel how the artists add these thoughts into their works like Bui Cong Khanh‘s Ming vase which shows usually a love scene is now painted with tanks and weapons or Manit Sriwanichpoom’s photographic series Waiting for the King (Standing) which creates a critical reading of the Kingdom’s post.

The artists of The Roving Eye don’t present a solution to remove corruption and oppression from society; it is rather more an opportunity to follow a path of their own aesthetics; The Roving Eye is an ironic view at the abuse of power and at the same time it is an attempt to turn the expressions of power and its media against itself as done in Waiting for the King.

The exhibition is curated by Iola Lenzi, a researcher and critic focusing on Southeast Asian contemporary art and will run until the 4th of January 2015.

So have a roving eye and take a look at the latest Arter exhibition.



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