Spaces and Shadows

Spaces and Shadows

Contemporary Art from South East Asia

30 September 05 - 20 November 05

The autumn programme SPACES and Shadows focuses on the dynamic developments in the fine arts, film, music and literature in the countries of Southeast Asia and on artists’ working conditions there. It presents politically explosive perspectives and views on a complex – and often traumatic – history. The region, which includes cities such as Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore, is on the move; which is also evident at the spatial, intellectual and spiritual levels. Its dynamic character stems from its rich variety of intersecting cultures. The clash between ever greater mobility and rigid social and political structures, on the one hand and the powerful desire to create free space on the other, have driven artists to develop their own subversive positions within their art. The programme shows not only these tendencies but also the darker side: SHADOWS stand for the terror that runs through the region’s history, and the marginalisation to which its “minorities” have often been exposed. It also contains references to the great tradition of shadow theatre. Using novel technologies, performances and inter-genre work, artists are now exploiting the traditional function of shadow theatre as a response to current events. They can be seen in SPACES AND SHADOWS. Within the framework of the Asia-Pacific Weeks, which are supported by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin (DKLB).

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