Museum MACAN Initiates Multilateral Art Collaboration

With the support of KONNECT ASEAN, Museum MACAN launches digital programs to explore diversity in Southeast Asia

“Screen Green” (2015-2016) by Ho Rui An

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) has recently unveiled its plan to start the new year with an exhibition of contemporary art from South East Asia titled “Stories Across Rising Lands.” Aside to the exhibition, Museum MACAN will also present a series of virtual public programs that will open up dialogue about diversity in Southeast Asia.

“‘Stories across Rising Lands’ is an ambitious project that brings together some of the most exciting artists working in Southeast Asia,” explained Aaron Seeto, Director of Museum MACAN. “Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the importance of Southeast Asia in the development of global perspectives on contemporary art, and we hope this exhibition, together with its public online talks and virtual programming, will contribute to broader understanding and knowledge about the region in which we live.”

The exhibition itself will include works by eight artists and an artistic collaboration, namely Cian Dayrit (Philippines), Ho Rui An (Singapore), Kawita Vatanajyankur (Thailand), Saleh Husein (Indonesia), Lim Kok Yoong (Malaysia), Souliya Phoumivong (Laos), Maharani Mancanagara (Indonesia), Nge Lay (Myanmar) and a collaboration between Tan Vatey and Sinta Wibowo (Cambodia/Belgium).

“Knit” (2018) by Kawita Vatanajyankur

Born in and around the 1980s, these artists—who work in a range of media, including video, installation, photography, painting and video performance—are connected by their generational experience of media technology, the impact of shifting economic and political discussions within their home territories, and approaches to different aesthetic formats.

Co-curated by Museum MACAN’s curator Asep Topan and Jakarta-based Korean curator Jeong-ok Jeon, the exhibition will focus on everyday actions and the small daily narratives that help define social and cultural connections to places. More importantly, as a survey of art from Southeast Asia, this exhibition and its related virtual discussions will reflect the diversity and substantial geographic spread of the region by emphasizing personal and fragmented connections to history and politics. “Stories Across Rising Lands” will be open across virtual platforms from January 23 until May 23, 2021.

“Hikayat Wanatentrem” (2018) by Maharani Mancanagara