Traces of The Future - Contemporary Art from South East Asia
[Image: Robert Zhao Renhui "Kings (detail)" (2009-17) type C print on photo paper, diasec (part of set) 150×100cm]
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Curated by Hermanto Soerjanto, “Traces of the Future” features work by six artists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.
Southeast Asian art is commanding ever-increasing global attention and the rapid expansion of museums, biennales, fairs and private patronage in the region shows no signs of slowing. Within this epochal development in the region’s history, the artists featured here reflect its diversity while at the same time demonstrating shared concerns: bold experimentation with media; questioning perceptions of reality; and the fusion of traditional art forms with the signifiers of contemporary pop culture.
Three of the artists exhibited employ different photographic strategies to elicit the viewer to question accepted visual reality. Singaporean multi-disciplinary artist Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983), a Prudential Art Award 2016 nominee, constructs multi-layered narratives in his work to intentionally provoke doubt: is what we are seeing documentary or fiction? Zhao Renhui often explores representations of the natural world as a part of his practice. His work here relates to Japan’s Tottori Sand Dunes, furthering his aim of advancing radically unconventional means of understanding human and animal relations.