The workshop will use Indonesia as a framework to discuss the issues of diversity in artistic practices in Southeast Asia. As one of the key players in the region, Indonesia with its cultural diversity and political history could provide a site for addressing the questions of global contemporary versus local contemporary. The workshop will examine the writings of Southeast Asian art that have been shaped by a variety of methodologies that are richly interdisciplinary, despite the lack of comparative methodology. The workshop aims to facilitate a conversation to initiate certain avenues of inquiry or even disagreement in investigating possibilities of comparative framework/s for Southeast Asian art.
Yvonne Spielmann is an art and media advisor and previously the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. Spielmann is a prolific academic and her most recent monograph discusses Indonesian contemporary arts in the context of Southeast Asia. Spielmann is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at NTU CCA Singapore.
Dr Wulan Dirgantoro is a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. Her research interests are transnational feminisms, and trauma and memory in Indonesian modern and contemporary art. She is currently a participant in “Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art” a research project funded by the Getty Foundation.
Image credit: Jumaldi Alfi, Melting Memories – Rereading Landscape Mooi Indies #03, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and OFCA International.