Exhibition preview: Art Stage Singapore extends its program with a new forum that focuses on Southeast Asia

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.

The inaugural Southeast Asia forum is titled Seismograph: Sensing the City – Art in the Urban Age and in addition to an exhibition of works by 19 artists from the Southeast Asia region, it will also have a talk series bringing together experts to discuss the challenges of urbanisation.

‘The Forum makes the case for art to be regarded as part of the urban DNA. In the same vein that designers and planners build and shape cities, art uncovers visceral depths of human existence and civilisation by making the invisible, visible,’ says the forum’s program. This is a particularly timely theme given the recent decision of the local government in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to paint over a mural by famed street artist El Mac.

Exhibition goers will be treated to photographic, painting, installation, video and performance works by Aliansyah Caniago from Indonesia, Norberto Roldan from the Philippines and Sherman Ong from Singapore, among many others. Visit the Art Stage Singapore website to find out more about the Southeast Asia Forum and download the program.

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