Highlight: Leang Seckon ‘Indochina’

Leang Seckon’s powerful and vivid paintings are at the forefront of a growing Cambodian contemporary art scene. In his practice Seckon’s personal history is intertwined with his country’s past and its outlook for the future. This recent acquisition features in ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8), opening in November this year. Leang…

APT8 One Year Out: Taiwan, Japan

Though hampered by ambiguous diplomatic status with regard to mainland China, and somewhat overshadowed by the meteoric rise of Chinese art in international estimations, Taiwan possesses a rich and complex contemporary art scene. The country’s position as one of the Four Asian Tiger economies, and the flourishing of civil society after martial law was wound…

APT8 One Year Out: NZ, Hawai‘i, PNG, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia

With performance in its various forms proposed as a major theme for APT8, I felt that the Pacific representation should look not only at the products of performance — live presentations and recordings of performances, songs and dances, as well as body adornment — but also at the important cultural work that it does. This…

APT8 One Year Out: India, Nepal

India has remained a pivotal part of the history of the APT. April last year, I travelled to India with Maud Page, Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions during the Indian general election, the largest election in human history, eager to see what was new and hoping to reach outside the art centres of Mumbai and…

APT8 One Year Out: China, Mongolia

China remains a focus in our research toward APT8, but, as with anything regarding this remarkable country at this point in its history, the focus is shifting and broadening. Beijing and Shanghai remain the centres of Chinese contemporary art, but as the cost of living in these two megacities continues its dramatic rise, distinctive artistic…