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Art Stage Singapore to feature Indonesian artists, highlight regional bonds

Masajeng Rahmiasri
Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, December 8, 2016 | 10:51 am
Art Stage Singapore to feature Indonesian artists, highlight regional bonds

The seventh installment of the Art Stage Singapore will be held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore and aims to explore regional bonds and capitalism in Southeast Asia. (artstage.com/File)

Works by Indonesian artists are set to be presented at Art Stage Singapore running from Jan. 12 to 15, 2017.

The works include Motorcyle Diaries by Jim Allen Abel, an installation named Waterkasteel: Canto by Eldwin Pradipta, a miniature model dubbed Warfare by Yudi Sulistyo and a sound installation titled Untold Movements Act 1: Neitherland, Whitherland, Hitherland by Tintin Wulia.

The seventh installment of Art Stage Singapore will be held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore and aims to explore regional bonds and capitalism in Southeast Asia.

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“I think we have to understand and see more that Southeast Asia is not only an accumulation of different countries, but there are also a lot of cultural relations,” said the event's founder and president Lorenzo Rudolf on Tuesday. “Only if we match-make all these scenes, artists, collectors [and] bring them into a dialogue then you can really position this region in a strong way."

In general, the art fair will be divided into three large sections, namely marketplace, the Southeast Asian Forum and the Collector’s Show.  

“The marketplace is [a place where] you can shop for expensive as well as affordable arts,” Rudolf said, highlighting that the section has been designed to be a “market for everybody”. He added that it would also feature artworks by young artists that were affordable yet high in quality.

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Visitors of the upcoming event can also expect to see exhibition and lectures as part of the Southeast Asia Forum, which will highlight the theme of capitalism. “This second edition of the Southeast Asia Forum seeks to explore the values of art, imagination and progress, and the price of doing business as usual in the global capitalist system,” Art Stage Singapore said in an official statement.

Aside from the exhibition, the event also plans to deliver the Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art in collaboration with the US Embassy in Singapore. The award, along with the prize of US$15,000, will be given to a Southeast Asian artist or curator who has “actively committed to the ideals of liberty and freedom of expression, and through his or her work, continually seeks to express these ideals”. (kes)

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