In the post-World War II era, one country after another across Asia had overthrown its colonial overseers and realigned itself toward self-determination and horizontal, international alliances. The Non-Aligned Movement—its language of “friendly countries” and the formation of a “third way”—made possible cultural practices and exchanges that were more complicated than the binaries of abstract versus representational art, or West versus East. This “third way” framework, however, was not something new but had long histories of complex and multi-layered influences in countries such as Indonesia, India, and Cambodia. This talk discusses artistic practices that defied clear divisions between conceptualism and realism, and between artistic practice and social engagement.
Chuong-Dai Vo is a researcher at Asia Art Archive in Hongkong, specializing in modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia. Her writing can be found in Afterall Journal, Revues culturelles (forthcoming), Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned, Taipei Fine Arts Museum’s Modern Quarterly, and Journal of Vietnamese Studies.
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