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Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia

The Philippines will host a contemporary art exhibition entitled “Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia” featuring ten (10) artists representing each ASEAN member state and curated by noted art historian, scholar, and curator Dr. Patrick D. Flores.

The ten (10) featured artists are the following (L-R clockwise): Amanda Heng (Singapore), Roberto Feleo (Philippines), Anusapati (Indonesia), Do Hoang Tuong (Vietnam), Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Yasmin Jaidin (Brunei), Min Thein Sung (Myanmar), Vuth Lyno (Cambodia), Jedsada Tangtrakulwong (Thailand) and Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (Laos).

The ten (10) featured artists are the following (L-R clockwise): Amanda Heng (Singapore), Roberto Feleo (Philippines), Anusapati (Indonesia), Do Hoang Tuong (Vietnam), Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Yasmin Jaidin (Brunei), Min Thein Sung (Myanmar), Vuth Lyno (Cambodia), Jedsada Tangtrakulwong (Thailand) and Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (Laos).

The featured artists will gather in Manila to open the exhibition on August 8 (MET Manila), 9 (Yuchengco Museum), and 10 (Vargas Museum) and their art works will be on view from August 10 to October 6, 2018 simultaneously at the three museums.

This project is presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the Dalubhasaan Para sa Edukasyon sa Sining at Kultura (DESK) with the support of the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

Senator Legarda, one of the Philippines’ leading cultural advocates, expresses her pride with the recent developments in Philippine contemporary art: “Support for Philippine contemporary art is at its peak with our participation at the Venice Biennale for four consecutive years after a 51-year absence, with Dr. Flores as the first curator since our re-entry. This collaborative endeavor further puts the country at the center of contemporary art globally, not just in Asia. I invite our ASEAN neighbors to continue this art project annually or in the form of a biennial in the same manner by which we host political and economic affairs in ASEAN.

“Ties of history” is a phrase taken from a document signed by ASEAN’s founding members on August 8, 1967 which described ASEAN as “a region already bound together by ties of history and culture.” END

(Source: Press Release from the Office of Senator Loren Legarda)