Ghaib: Can the Unheard Speak?

Faisal Tehrani’s ‘Ghaib’, a complex portrayal of family, agency and voice, contends that real emancipation is still elusive in our society.


‘(PLASTIK)’ is a short film by MeshMinds and Studio Birthplace, which dissects the plastic pollution crisis through the eyes and imagination of a child in South-East Asia.

Norak Satya and Kwan

សេរីភាពសិល្បៈនៅកម្ពុជា ៖ នៅពេលដែលការការពារតាមផ្លូវច្បាប់​មិនគ្រប់គ្រាន់

នៅខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ២០២០ អាជ្ញាធរកម្ពុជា​បានចាប់ខ្លួន​អ្នកចម្រៀងរ៉ែបវ័យក្មេងពីររូប គឺ គា សុគន្ធ និង​ឡុង ពុទ្ធារ៉ា ទាក់ទងទៅនឹងពាក្យពេចន៍រំលេចនៅក្នុង​បទចម្រៀង ដីខ្មែរ​ របស់ពួកគេ​ ដែល​ចេញ​កាលពីខែមេសា ឆ្នាំ២០២០។ បទចម្រៀងនេះ​បានទាក់ទាញឱ្យមានការទស្សនារហូតដល់ជាង​ ២,២លានលើក​ អំឡុងពេល​៥ខែ​បន្ទាប់ពីការចេញផ្សាយ។ បទដីខ្មែរ នេះ​ជំរុញឱ្យយុវជនខ្មែរទាំងឡាយ​ក្រោក​ប្រឆាំងនឹង​ការគាបសង្កត់ ​អំពើពុករលួយ បោះបង់ចោលគ្រឿងស្រវឹង …


“It Has Been Dreamed”: Kiri Dalena on documenta fifteen

Kiri Dalena, one of the artists at the controversy-ridden documenta fifteen speaks with Pristine De Leon about the uneven dynamics between global exchanges and local needs, between lumbung and rigid hierarchies, between what has materialised and what was dreamed.


Open Calls and Opportunities: September 2022 (Singapore/SEA)

ArtsEquator’s Lobang is a list of available open calls, job postings and other opportunities open to people from Singapore and Southeast Asia. “Lobang”, a Malay word for “hole”, is used in Singlish as a shorthand for an opportunity, valuable contact or a tip.

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The Working Processes of Artists: Chong Fah Cheong

Chong Fah Cheong is the artist behind First Generation, the iconic bronze sculpture of boys jumping into the Singapore River.


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Southeast Asia is a cultural melting pot, with the various nations in the region each contributing a plurality of unique perspectives. Each country has a rich and diverse culture that influences how its people view the arts, which in turn impacts how the art is created, and we believe this is a ripe subject to explore through our incisive articles written by writers residing in Southeast Asia.

Another essential aspect that is part of the arts ecosystem is arts criticism. Art is meant to evoke a response, and we believe a work exists within a context and that the audience adds to the experience of the work. Informed critique and discussions about a work is part of the larger context in which the work of artists sit. Through these writings and discussions, the creator, the critic and the audience contribute to the sharing, understanding, and discourse around the art and the larger environment of expression.

This is why we believe a robust arts media is an essential part of a healthy arts ecosystem. As such, we are committed to developing thought-provoking articles pertaining to the field of arts writing and arts criticism, thereby identifying Southeast Asian creative practices as part of, rather than adjunct to, global contemporary arts. ArtsEquator serves arts makers, arts audiences, and arts critics. ArtsEquator is a not-for-profit company based in Singapore.

Thought-provoking articles we recommend checking out

As you look to broaden your horizon on the field of arts writing and arts criticism in Singapore and beyond, you can consider checking out some of our past articles that are worth a read over here.

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