Living and working amid rapid economic development, political stagnation and cultural transformation, Southeast Asian artists have found creative ways to grapple with the times in which they live.
Art Stage Singapore 2018, which ended on Sunday, featured more than 80 galleries and artworks from more than 30 cities, focusing on Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific.
In a region with limited freedom of expression, some gallerists took the opportunity of exhibiting in Singapore to share provocative works depicting government corruption, environmental degradation and the devastation of war. Some pieces are banned from display in their home countries.
“I don’t think anybody can separate art from politics,” the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei once said. “The intention to separate art from politics is itself a very political intention.”