Southeast Asia’s unmissable art events in February

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.


Art Fair Philippines, 18–21 February; various locations in the Manila area
The best of contemporary Philippine art will be on display at the Ayala Centre in Makati this month. The fair has also partnered with the Museum Foundation of the Philippines for guided tours in Manila and the surrounding areas. Bookings are recommended.

As part of the fair, Ballet Philippines is presenting a show based on renowned Filipino artist Gabriel Barredo’s Opera. The dance adaptation expands on the themes of decay and transformation presented in Barredo’s original installation piece. Visit the Ballet Philippines website for tickets.

The Artling Pop-Up, 11–13 February; 113 Amoy Street, Singapore

Singapore-based online gallery, The Artling, will be holding its second edition of its pop-up this month. Featuring artwork from their partner galleries, The Artling pop-up makes art accessible to young professionals and encourages them to consider using art work as a way to ‘brighten up their office spaces and home’. See The Artling’s website for more information.

After-image: Living with the Ghosts in My House, until 29 February; Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Wei-Ling Gallery will showcase an exhibition of photographs by Malaysian artist Minstrel Kuik. The work on display in After-image: Living with the Ghosts in My House, are Kuik’s interpretations of paraphernalia related to Malaysia’s elections that she instructed college students she was teaching to collect. Kuik abandoned the project due to events that transpired around the election and the objects her students collected were untouched until she retired from the university in March 2015, at which point she took them home with her.

Having these ‘ghosts’ in her home was difficult for Kuik. The works in this exhibition are by-products of her ‘exorcism’ of those ghosts. The exhibition is showing until 29 February. More details on the Wei-Ling Gallery’s website.

Futurographies: Cambodia – USA – France, 9 February – opening night from 6 pm, exhibiting from 10 February to 26 March; Sa Sa Bassac, Phnom Penh

Photograph by Pete Pin, 'Cambodian Diaspora Part II: Here:There', 2010, Image via Facebook, courtesy of the artist.
Photograph by Pete Pin, ‘Cambodian Diaspora Part II: Here:There’, 2010, Image via Facebook, courtesy of the artist.

Sa Sa Bassac’s ‘Futurographies: Cambodia – USA – France’ visualises multiple aspects of the Cambodian diaspora experience within and between Cambodia, the USA and France through both a multi-discipline exhibition and a public program. With a diverse group of artists exhibiting and Cambodian diaspora artists speaking at a round table event, the exhibition will certainly facilitate cross-cultural engagement and historical inquiry. The work will present the three countries, their parallel histories and interconnections through the lens of each artists’ individual, subjective experience as well as present ways that futures are imagined and built ‘in contexts most often represented as ones of crisis, disaster, and victimhood.’ More details on the Sa Sa Bassac website.


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