Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, Art Stage Singapore,announced this week that it will be launching a Jakarta branch with the first installment of the Indonesia fair to take place from 5 to 7 August 2016 at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel.
Chris Rompré is a Canadian filmmaker based in Phnom Penh. He and Haig Balian – Rompré’s business partner and friend – have just finished their first narrative documentary, The Man Who Built Cambodia, which explores the life and work of Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann.
The documentary traces Molyvann’s career from the development of ‘New Khmer Architecture’, of which he was a central figure, to his return to Cambodia in the 1990s as he grapples with seeing many of his works being neglected or destroyed in the post-Khmer Rouge era.
Rompré talks to Nipa about how he and Balian came to produce this documentary and the support they’ve received along the way.
Welcome to February, Nipa readers. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới for everyone celebrating Tết and Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭禧發財) for everyone celebrating Chinese New Year. We wish you happiness, health and great art for the year to come. Now, just because February is the shortest month of the year, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to look forward to. We’ve rustled up a list of fun happenings in Southeast Asia’s art world for this month. Continue reading “Southeast Asia’s unmissable art events in February”
Singaporean performance artist Lee Wen has been awarded the Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art, making him the 2nd recipient of the award since it was first presented in 2015. Wen was shortlisted for the award last year, but was beaten out by Indonesian performance artist FX Harsono. Continue reading “Singaporean performance artist Lee Wen wins Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art”
This year Art Stage Singapore, which runs from 21 to 24 January, will introduce the Southeast Asia Forum to its program with the purpose of emphasising the balance between art, commerce and content. We’re pleased to bring you a preview of the forum’s exhibition portion, which this year will focus on urbanisation.
After receiving news that her book launch at this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival would be cancelled, author Eliza Vitri Handayani devised a creative peaceful protest that prompted discussions about working around censorship with the added bonus of helping her book sales.
For the 12th year, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival delivered an astonishing and stimulating program that delighted attendees and artists from all over the world. The festival did face some controversy this year after local authorities threatened to revoke the event’s license should organisers insist on running panels and events related to the 1965 communist killings. As such, those events were cancelled, but festival goers still found spaces and opportunities to discuss the 1965 issue nonetheless as festival founder, Janet DeNeefe noted in her opening speech, ‘Beyond the panels, you can talk about anything’.
It comes only once every three years, but when it does it is oh so sweet. We’re talking about the Asia Pacific Triennial! In the lead up to the exhibition, we’ll be doing a series of posts previewing/profiling works by the artists representing the Southeast Asian region. Here’s what will be exhibited from Malaysia.
The inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival will launch on 5 November with the four-day event bringing together a a range artists to celebrate contemporary Cambodian culture, according to Julien Poulson, event organiser and founder of the Kampot Arts and Music Association (KAMA).
We first came across photographer Lawrence Sumulong’s portraits of families in Leyte Provincial Jail on Feature Shoot. His portraits of families that relocated to the prison to live with their incarcerated relatives after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region were so hauntingly beautiful we had to know more. Continue reading “Artist Q&A: Lawrence Sumulong”