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After a century of false dawns, the film industry is beginning to rise (via SEA Globe)

The rollercoaster ride of Indonesia’s film industry is currently cresting yet another hill in its bumpy, twisting history. Southeast Asia Globe talks with a feature moviemaker who’s taking a break from the big screen to tell stories for HBO Asia. Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar is making moves in a surging industry. He directed the first season of …

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Galleries informed that art fair Art Stage Singapore cancelled (via The Straits Times)

SINGAPORE – At least five galleries slated to participate in Art Stage Singapore say the art fair has been cancelled by organisers. This would have been the ninth edition of the contemporary art fair, which was to run from Jan 25 to 27 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Representatives of galleries …

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Female artists, art biennial to grace National Gallery this year (via The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia’s arts scene is by no means lacking, yet most of its big names are men, with notable female artists largely unexplored. An upcoming art exhibition at the National Gallery in Central Jakarta, titled Into the Future, aims to change that. Slated to run from Feb. 26 to March 16, Into the Future will showcase …

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Indonesia at the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (via New Mandala)

Gaining a place at the Asia Pacific Triennial (APT) at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) has been a significant milestone in the careers of many Indonesian artists. Although they were already well known in art circles, the first exhibition in 1993 helped launch the international careers of several artists including Heri Dono, …

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Masked dance tradition rises from near extinction in Cambodia (via Reuters)

PHNOM PENH/BANGKOK (Reuters) – Cambodia’s centuries-old tradition of masked dance was nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge’s “Killing Fields” regime, but a handful of artists managed to keep it alive and are now working to pass it along to a new generation. Sun Rithy’s father and grandfather were both performers of the Lakhon Khol …

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ArtsEquator’s Top 10 Articles of 2018

Before we plunge headlong into 2019, here’s a quick recap of some of our most-read articles on ArtsEquator, in ascending order. 10. Nathalie Johnston: Creating a home for contemporary art in Myanmar by Victoria Milko As part of ArtsEquator’s series covering independent spaces across Southeast Asia, Victoria Milko profiles Nathalie Johnston, founder of contemporary art space Myanm/art in Yangon. …

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It’s Time for French Museums to Return Cambodian Artifacts (via The Diplomat)

The debate as to whether international museums and governments should return cultural artifacts acquired during the colonial period is not a new one. However, it has now been re-energized by French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision that France will return 26 cultural artifacts to Benin. The announcement follows the release of a presidential-commissioned report by French art historian Bénédicte Savoy …

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Gloomy outlook for Vietnamese cinema, literature scene: workshop (via Tuoi Tre News)

Attendees at a national workshop held in Hanoi on Wednesday to discuss the multitude of issues plaguing the Vietnamese film and literature industries were not shy about voicing disdain for the current state of literary and cinematic art in Vietnam.  Nearly two decades after the Vietnamese government launched a program aimed at exposing a larger …

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What to expect from the Repertory Philippines stage in 2019 (via Rappler)

MANILA, Philippines – Theater junkies of all ages will be happy to know that our local theater scene has some top-notch stage entertainment up its talented sleeve for everyone to enjoy in 2019. Repertory Philippines, one of the country’s leading theater companies, will be celebrating its 82nd season next year with a lineup of 4 incredible …

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Examining Vietnam’s Modernity Through the Lens of South Asian Independent Documentaries

The idea for Moving Reels: A Social Dialog formed in 2016 as the result of a dialogue between Dr. Shweta Kishore, a scholar, documentary filmmaker, film and media lecturer at RMIT University, and Zoe Butt, a director and curator at The Factory Contemporary Arts Center. The program is a series of workshops that includes screenings of films …

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Saigoneer Bookshelf: A Touch of Magical Realism in ‘The Cemetery of Chua Village’

Vietnam transitioned to a market economy like an old train lurching to life: momentous shakes and shudders, steam bursting out busted gaskets, disheveled cargo tumbling from luggage racks, sparks shooting off wheels screeching across warped rails and a whistle ripping into the placid sky. As the government enacted new policies, tossing aside the institutions to …

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In Saigon’s Latest Indie Workshop, a Heaven for Eco-Friendly Risograph Prints (via Saigoneer)

Nestled above inpages in Thao Dien, a new print studio is offering artists and other creatives a new way to express their ideas and visions. Kho Muc is the brainchild of a team including Long Dang and Simon Phan, who have been responsible for other creative endeavors such as Saigon Artbook. The name of the studio …

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ENCATC International Study Tour in Tokyo

ENCATC International Study Tour in Tokyo – Key Observations (via culture360.ASEF.org)

The 2018 ENCATC (European Network on Cultural Management and Policy) International Study Tour in Tokyo was held from 7 to 9 November 2018 and offered an intensive learning programme on the topic of cultural management and cultural policy in Japan. Ritirong Jiwakanon shares his experience of participating in this study tour. The ENCATC Study Tour …

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‘Son mai’ – the painstaking Vietnamese art of lacquer painting (via Tuoi Tre News)

Once chiefly employed in the decoration of wooden objects, son mai, or lacquer painting, has grown over the last century into a freestanding art form in Vietnam, to a point where it is now widely considered to be the country’s national painting technique. The traditional Vietnamese lacquer used in son mai is made by mixing the resin …

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Dance Dramaturg

Telling A Thai Tale: A Dance Dramaturg’s Take (via The Theatre Times)

“When I collaborate, I want to collaborate with the wrong person.” Pichet Klunchun, Thai dancer, and director reveals a glint of mischief behind his earnest and gentle demeanor. “I am looking for misunderstandings, for opportunities to negotiate. When things are wrong, they are right.” [1] When I was initially brought as a dramaturg into the …

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Plastic Kingdom

Plastic Kingdom: art exhibition questions Cambodia’s rampant waste problem (via SEA Globe)

An new art exhibition in Phnom Penh featuring works by Cambodian and foreign artists will raise questions about plastic use and recycling, through woodcarvings, illustrations and even a motorbike. On first arriving in Cambodia’s ever-expanding capital Phnom Penh, one is struck by the rubbish lying on the sides of the street; order noodle soup to …

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Hanoi EDM

Organizers decry last-minute cancelation of Hanoi EDM festival (via Tuoi Tre News)

An EDM (electronic dance music) festival scheduled to take place just outside Hanoi from November 23 to 25 was asked to cancel only hours before its opening, despite sold tickets and foreign and local artists and volunteers already heading to the venue. Artists and visitors on dozens of buses traveling some 40 kilometers from central …

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Grace Baey’s Portraits of Yangon’s Trans Population (via Coconuts Yangon)

Some photographers are able to capture the most delicate moments deftly. With her project Living Choices, Singapore-based shooter Grace Baey showed her ability to do just that. Baey spent one month in Yangon taking pictures of the city’s trans population for the photo series — and despite the short time frame and limited window for gaining the …

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