ASEAN has, since its inception, done much to facilitate people-to-people exchange in the arts sector across Southeast Asia to encourage dialogue and debate.
This unique space for artistic discourse allowed for pluralistic notions of what constituted a regional artistic identity and aesthetic. It is one of ASEAN’s great legacies and is widely discussed, researched, and acknowledged by a new generation of art historians and curators. In the last 15 years ASEAN relinquished this role – an important aspect of its community building aspirations in the arts sector – allowing the proliferation of Asian biennales, art fairs, and maturing cultural institutions to serve this function in its stead.
As the post-Cold War reality of a new world has taken shape and formed new directions and conversations, ASEAN has re-entered the contemporary art space via collaborative efforts between various ASEAN bodies. The Republic of Korea celebrated 30 years of diplomatic relations with ASEAN in 2019 and in the same year established KONNECT ASEAN, an ASEAN-Korea arts programme. Supported by the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF) and administered by the ASEAN Foundation, KONNECT ASEAN signals both an eagerness by ASEAN to revitalise its once integral role in contemporary visual arts and South Korea’s sincerity in establishing closer ties with ASEAN.
Singapore 29.07.22 - 23.03.23
Busan, Korea 02.07.22 - 02.10.22
Busan, Korea 11.11.2021 - 13.02.2022
Jogjakarta, Indonesia 05.10.21 - 14.11.21
Manila, Philippines 22.09.21 - 15.02.22
Jakarta, Indonesia 10.03.21 – 31.12.21
Singapore 21.01.21 - 31.03.21
KONNECT ASEAN collaborates with governments, the private sector, and civil society to achieve the vision of an ASEAN Community.
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