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[SEA] Territories of the Real and Unreal:

Photographic practices in contemporary SE Asian Art. Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta. Until 29 Jan. 2012
Nov 2011

[SEA] is a series of annual exhibitions and talks at Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, aimed at building a greater understanding of Southeast Asian contemporary art contexts and practices. The first exhibition in the series focuses on photography in Southeast Asian art.

We associate "territory" with notions of demarcated land, of "claimed space". Photographs represent territories of the seen, remembered and photographed, sites in which the "real" might be claimed and re-invented.

In many ways, photography can still be considered a new and empowering medium for Southeast Asian artists working with the image. Its immediacy, and its ambiguity, as a visual language of the real, allows for open and malleable readings of the complex and sometimes confounding, even incredible, realities which shape our peculiar experiences. Conversely, those realities invite fresh investigations into the meanings and potential of photographic images and processes.

This exhibition, curated by Adeline Ooi and Beverly Yong, gathers selected bodies of work by 16 artists from around the region who employ photography as a primary medium, or as a key medium within multi-disciplinary practices, highlighting a range of strategies through which these artists have claimed photography as a site of cultural, geographic, social and personal discourse.

Participating artists:

Amanda Heng (Singapore)
Angki Purbandono (Indonesia)
Davy Linggar (Indonesia)
Gina Osterloh (Philippines /US)
Isa Lorenzo (Philippines)
Ismail Hashim (Malaysia)
Julia Sarisetiati (Indonesia)
Kornkrit Jianpinidnan (Thailand)
Lena Cobangbang (Philippines)
Manit Sriwanichpoom (Thailand)
Paul Kadarisman (Indonesia)
Poklong Anading (Philippines)
Steve Tirona (Philippines)
Wimo Ambala Bayang (Indonesia)
Yee I-Lann (Malaysia)
Zhao Renhui (Singapore)
More information:

(Press release)

Territories of the Real and Unreal: Photographic practices in contemp. Southeast Asian Art

28 Nov. 2011 -
21 Jan. 2012

Langgeng Art Foundation

Jl. Suryodiningratan 37
Yogyakarta 55141


Adeline Ooi and

Beverly Yong

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