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Contemporary art from Southeast Asia 
Co-Curators: Roger Nelson, Anita Archer
November 25 – December 7, 2014
No-Vacancy Gallery, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Swimming in Sand; Growing Rice Under an Umbrella presents a new generation of leading contemporary artists from Southeast Asia, highlighting works that have never before been shown in Australia. This exhibition features ambitious projects that approach artistic practice as a mode of research, emphasising the diversity of methods with which artists in Southeast Asia investigate the world around them. Encompassing photography, video, installation and textiles, a recurrent theme in the exhibited works is a focus on local concerns that intersect with global forces. The emphatically specific merges with the unavoidably universal.

This exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue including an essay by co-curator Roger Nelson.

Exhibiting artists: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan (Philippines/Australia), Chan Dany (Cambodia), Khvay Samnang with Nget Rady (Cambodia), Nge Lay (Myanmar), Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai (Vietnam),Phan Quang (Vietnam), Piyarat Piyapongwiwat (Thailand).

PDF of this exhibition’s catalogue is available.

The public program to accompany the exhibition is part of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Mapping Melbourne 2014.

15 Nov. to 7 Dec. Daily

Federation Square Big Screen Program Daily screenings at Federation Square’s ‘Big Screen’ will showcase video artworks and documentary footage by the exhibited artists and others. Early projects by Khvay Samnang and Piyarat Piyapongwiwat will provide context for the exhibited works, while a range of other short films reveal a variety of approaches to the moving image, creative research and daily life. Check for daily screening times.

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