Stealing Public Space: Public Art Talk by Iola Lenzi

Date: 22 Feb, Sat
Time: 11 - 12.30pm (90min)
Venue: The Substation Theatre
Free with registration

From contemporary art’s encroachment into public spaces (both physical and intangible) to co-opting public symbols and discourses such as money, history and flags, Southeast Asian artists from the 1970s onwards have employed compelling methods to co-opt the public on shared social concerns.

What are some of the social and historical contexts of recent decades that have incited Southeast Asian artists to develop their practices beyond descriptive painting to create pieces that engage the public? Hear from curator and art historian Iola Lenzi in this public lecture on the rich, complex, and sometimes fraught histories that have formed this region’s contemporary art.


11 Jan - 23 Feb 2020
Tue to Sun, 12pm to 8pm daily
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
The Substation

Curated by Iola Lenzi, Stealing Public Space explores connections between Southeast Asian contemporary art and the city. Pieces by Nindityo Adipurnomo (Indonesia), Lee Wen, Vertical Submarine, and Ming Wong (Singapore), Manit Sriwanichpoom, Jakkai Siributr and Sutee Kunavichayanont (Thailand), Dinh Q. Le and Vu Dan Tan (Vietnam), Martha Atienza (Philippines), and Chaw Ei Thein (Myanmar), among others, reveal how public space, physical and symbolic, are used to bring crucial contemporary issues to plural publics. Sutee Kunavichayanont’s History Class (Indonesia version), 2016, installed on the street, is one example.

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Sat Feb 22, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM SGT
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