The Art of the Borderland Across South and Southeast Asia

Event time: 
Friday, May 6, 2022 - 8:30am to Sunday, May 8, 2022 - 8:30am
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Event description: 

The Art of the Borderland across South and Southeast Asia” is a conference that brings together research that explores the geographical contiguities across South and Southeast Asia through a focus on regional art, visual and public cultures, and media practices. By drawing attention to the inter-Asian borderland through a consideration of the region’s aesthetic practices, the presentations highlight regional narratives of modern and contemporary art that diversify critiques of master narratives of national modernities, our understanding of art worlds as plural, and the study of the particular discourses and criteria that inform contemporary art as a global phenomenon. It also shows the way visual, public, and media cultures of the inter-Asian borderland enact imaginaries of space and place that transgress and challenge the region’s regard as territorially bounded and fixed. Further, the conference presentations showcase what material practices in the borderlands of South and Southeast Asia reveal about the modern and contemporary visual culture of the state. In doing so, “The Art of the Borderland” challenges the region’s dominant image as an aberrant site of marginality and/or exceptionality, strengthening its regard as the ground from which to study and theorize Asia’s pasts and present. For more information, please visit…