Bonn Phum, April 2018 Image Credit : Sunitha Janamohanan

Gen X to Gen Z: Generational Differences in the Shaping of Cambodia’s Cultural Preservation Policies

In Cambodia, most cases of arts censorship are linked to the notion of protecting and preserving culture. Kai Brennert examines how different generations of civil servants and policymakers are shaped by their lived experiences, which in turn influence their view of “cultural preservation”.


‘(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.


A national living treasure, a rock musician and an activist poet

Pristine de Leon remembers the artists and cultural workers from the Philippines we lost in 2022.


A bangsawan guru, a graffiti artist and an anthropologist who composed iconic rock songs

Mira Sharon remembers the artists and cultural workers from Malaysia we lost in 2022.


A dangdut pioneer, two film stars, a pickpocket turned mime artist and a ketoprak  performer

Theodora Agni remembers the artists and cultural workers Indonesia lost in 2022.


Building Practice: Arts Spaces in Malaysia

The arts ecosystems in many parts of Southeast Asia are under-resourced. In this environment, independent arts spaces provide invaluable opportunities and support to the wider community. Deborah Augustin interviews the people behind four arts spaces in Malaysia to learn more about their work and how they have survived in an evolving landscape.


ArtsEquator Ltd is an arts media company that values and promotes Southeast Asian regional arts practice. Southeast Asia has a complex and vibrant arts scene, heavily influenced by the various cultures found in this region. Yet, there are few spaces exclusively dedicated to in-depth criticism and analysis that are regionally oriented. And that is what we are looking to change!

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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