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PH Hosts Exhibit to Highlight Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia

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In line with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines is set to host a contemporary art exhibition to highlight ten artists from different ASEAN-member regions.

PH Hosts Exhibit to Highlight Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia
PH Hosts Exhibit to Highlight Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia

Dubbed as “Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia,” the said exhibit opens on August 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET Manila), August 9 at the Yuchengco Museum, and August 10 at the Vargas Museum in the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus. The exhibit will be curated and noted by art historian, scholad, and curator Patrick D. Flores.

The project is presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the Dalubhasaan Para sa Edukasyon sa Sining at Kultura (DESK) with the support of the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

“Ties of history” is a phrase taken from a document signed by ASEAN’s founding members on August 8, 1967. The document describes “a region already bound together by ties of history and culture.” A region that is “conscious that in an increasingly interdependent world, the cherished ideals of peace, freedom, social justice, and economic well-being are best attained by fostering good understanding, good neighbourliness and meaningful cooperation among the countries of the region.” The document gave birth to the regional organization, which taken as a collective is the world’s 5th largest economy.

The exhibit will showcase works of featured artists representing countries in the Southeast Asia region who have shown responsiveness and range in relation to the concerns of aesthetic material and socio-historical contexts.

Among the artists include Amanda Heng (Singapore), Roberto Feleo (Philippines), Anusapati (Indonesia), Do Hoang Tuong (Vietnam), Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (Laos), Chris Chong Chan (Malaysia), Jedsada Trangtrakulwong (Thailand), Min Thein Sung (Myanmar), Vuth Lyno (Cambodia), and Yasmin Jaidin (Brunei).

The said artists were selected by a respected group of advisors including Ahmad Mashadi, Head of the National University of Singapore Museum; Khim Ong, Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes at Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore); Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, independent curator, writer, and lecturer of Southeast Asian contemporary art; and independent curator and scholar Grace Samboh.

Aside from the exhibit, art enthusiasts and the general public are invited to take part in an informative discussion about contemporary art with the advisors from the region, and feature talks and lectures by scholars and practitioners of art on August 11 at the MET Museum of Manila.

For details relating to the exhibition’s education programs, follow @tiesofhistory or send an email at

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