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Political Acts review: Artists weave defiance into performance art [SEA]

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Review of POLITICAL ACTS: PIONEERS OF PERFORMANCE ART IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, Arts Centre Melbourne

Steven Tonkin has curated a useful survey of Southeast Asian performance art as part of the inaugural Asia Triennial of Performing Arts. The photographs and videos of seven artists contain glimpses of their social environments, reminding us that performance art comes out of attempts to bridge the gap between art and life.

Viewers familiar with Western body and action art of the 20th century would do well to remember the importance of the living theatrical and choreographic traditions of our Asian neighbours. Works drawing directly on those traditions include Cambodian Khvay Samnang’s Where Is My Land? (2014), featuring the powerful body of Nget Rady; and F’n’F (Face and Fingers) (2008-09), by Myanmar artist Moe Satt.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

 

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