After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History

by Boon Hui Tan



After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History considers how contemporary art from societies in transition may be read as an expression of the ambiguous and some¬times contentious relationship between individual artistic practice and sociopolitical context. This publication explores the development of contemporary art movements and the artistic repercussions of political ruptures through the work of seven contemporary artists and one artist group from Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Authors: Boon Hui Tan, Michelle Yun ; with contributions from Aye Ko, Zoe Butt, Mella Jaarsma, and Alia Swastika.  NY Times review of exhibition

Featured artists: FX Harsono, Htein Lin, Dinh Q. Lê, Nge Lay, Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, The Propeller Group, Angki Purbandono, and Tintin Wulia.

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Boon Hui Tan

Boon Hui Tan is Vice President for Global Arts and Cultural Programs, and Director, Asia Society Museum, NY, where he leads the organisation’s global arts and cultural activities spanning visual arts, performing arts and film.  As museum director, he oversees Asia Society Museums acclaimed exhibition programs and collections, including the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Traditional Asian Art and the Contemporary Art Collection of photography and new media works by Asian and Asian American artists.

In 2015, he was Artistic Director for Singapour en France, le Festival, the largetst multidisciplinary presentation of contemporary culture from Singapore and Southeast Asia in France. Tan is founding board member of the International Biennial Association.  From 2009 to 2013, he was Director of the Singapore Art Museum.

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