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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE – CONTEMPORARY ART IN SOUTHEAST ASIA FROM THE COLLECTION OF SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM

NEWSText: Satsuki Miyanishi

Steve Tirona, Imelda Collection #3, 2006, Chromogenic Print, h.91.5×61cm, Collection of Singapore Art Museum

“Welcome to the Jungle – Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia from the Collection of Singapore Art Muse” will travel throughout 2 cities in Japan. The exhibition is organized and presented by Yokohama Museum of Art and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, in partnership with Singapore Art Museum.

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This exhibition consists of 28 works of art since 1999 by artists from 8 different countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Zai Kuning’s film reveals the life of sea nomad people being restricted by socio-economic factors while at the same time depicting the beautiful nature of the area.

Frank Callaghan’s photographs of a brightly lit jungle at night capture a scene of nature lying on a critical border next to urban cities that are increasingly becoming surveillance societies. With the density and energy reminiscent of a jungle, these works demonstrate the vitality and vigor of contemporary Southeast Asia, which, despite various challenges, is opening up doors to the future.

Welcome to the Jungle – Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia from the Collection of Singapore Art Museum
Date: April 13th – June 16th, 2013
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Thursday)
Place: Yokohama Museum of Art
Address: 3-4-1 Minatomiyai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Tel: +81 (0)45 221 0300
http://www.yaf.or.jp/yma/

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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