No overarching art scene exists for Asian art, so Art Stage Singapore, an international art fair with a strong Asian identity, has found a way to highlight respective countries and regions. With the launch of the fourth edition of the fair, opening mid-January, the fair will introduce a new component, Platforms, which consists of country- and region-specific exhibitions produced in collaboration with galleries and curators. “There is no one Asian scene,” said Lorenzo Rudolf, the founder and director of the fair. “Each country and region are fragmented and are unique to their individual cultures.” Among the eight Platforms, which include India, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, the last of which is the largest, including 30 special projects and offering what the fair names as the largest showcase of Southeast Asian contemporary art to date.
Can’t wait until opening day? To hold you over until January 16th, we’re offering a sneak peek at project highlights from the Southeast Asia Platform, which includes work by leading established and emerging artists from Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand. At right, view Filipino artist Mark Justiniani’s cavern-like installation, still in progress; Cambodian artist Anida Yoeu Ali’s golden creature from her “Buddhist Bug Project”; Indonesian artist FX Harsono’s rain-covered installation, penned in ceramic letters on a traditional Peranakan bed; Malaysian artist Anurendra Jegadeva’s wedding dais made of painted panels and altar boxes, and Thai artist Manit Kantasak’s Milky Way, an installation of 194 hanging jars. But that’s all we can divulge—the rest will have to wait until the fair, so let the countdown to Art Stage Singapore 2014 commence.
Additional images courtesy of Art Stage Singapore and the following: Anida Yoeu Ali, Spiral Alley, 2012, Digital, Concept and performance by Anida Yoeu Ali, photography by Masahiro Sugano, image from The Buddhist Bug Project, a project of Studio Revolt with co-production support by Java Arts, courtesy of Studio Revolt; FX Harsono, The Raining Bed, 2013, courtesy of Arndt Berlin & Singapore; Manit Kantasak, Milky Way, 2013, courtesy of Whitespace Gallery.
Learn more about Art Stage Singapore on Artsy, and look out for Artsy’s exclusive online preview of the fair, launching January 10, 2014.