Andres Barrioquinto / Marla Bendini / Jigger Cruz / Ayka Go / Gongkan / Faris Heizer / Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit / Geraldine Javier / Sakarin Krue- On / Dinh Q Lê / Mit Jai Inn / Raffy Napay / Kitti Narod / Eko Nugroho / Kim Oliveros / Wedhar Riayadi / Wedhar Riyadi / Luis Antonio Santos / Rodel Tapaya / Khairulddin Wahab / Entang Wiharso / Shen Jiaqi / Pannaphan Yodmanee / Yunizar
Curator: Michela Sena
12.18, 2021 - 1.15, 2022
Beijing 2nd space
Tang Contemporary Art is proud to present a group show “Falling,” which curated by Michela Sena, will open in the gallery’s 2nd Beijing space at 4 p.m. on December 18, 2021 (Saturday). With this project: ‘Falling’, a wide-ranging exhibition, inclusive of 23 artists coming from different countries, the exhibition aims to portrait a snapshot of SEA art in its complexity. The show features a majority of established artists, emblematic names resonating internationally during the past 20 years: Andres Barrioquinto / Marla Bendini / Jigger Cruz / Ayka Go / Gongkan / Faris Heizer / Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit / Geraldine Javier / Sakarin Krue- On / Dinh Q Lê / Mit Jai Inn / Raffy Napay / Kitti Narod / Eko Nugroho / Kim Oliveros / Wedhar Riyadi / Wedhar Riayadi / Luis Antonio Santos / Rodel Tapaya / Khairulddin Wahab / Entang Wiharso / Shen Jiaqi / Pannaphan Yodmanee / Yunizar
“Beauty itself doth of itself persuade the eyes of men without an orator.“
'The Rape Of Lucrece' (1594)
We decided to install the work by Mit Jai Inn at the center of the gallery’s huge atrium. The work is called ‘Fallen’ and it’s a large flag, that we imagine floating, while falling in slow motion from the ceiling until hitting the ground. We positioned the flag on the floor, giving it the shape of a cross. Now it lies on the ground, people can step on it, can trample it. By the days the cross loses its initial shape, it’s not clear what’s the shape it will take in a month, nobody knows, only time will tell.
Think of a society and imagine its flag, its ideology, the ideology falls. Then try to see a big cross, symbol of religion, of spirituality. But then think that the spiritual wears off, like something trampled under the feet, until it’s not a cross anymore, until it becomes something else, no matter what, it just vanishes. This is the so-called ‘post-ideological’ world we all live in today. Even though the notion of a ‘post‐ideological’ age is itself a masking device, since social media and networks have created new kinds of ideology and globalization and delocalization brought to cultural decentralization.
The very concept of South East Asian art has to be reconsidered after this reflection. South East Asian artists today, just like artists coming from any region, belong to a changing scenario, divided between modernity and tradition, parochialism and hospitality, and the center and the outskirts.
With this project: ‘Falling’, a wide-ranging exhibition, inclusive of 23 artists coming from different countries, we aim to portrait a snapshot of SEA art in its complexity. The show features a majority of established artists, emblematic names resonating internationally during the past 20 years: Mit Jai Inn, Sriwan Janehuttakarnki, Sakarin Krue-On from Thailand; Yunizar, Entang Wiharso, Eko Nugroho from Indonesia; Geraldine Javier, Andres Barrioquinto, Jigger Cruz, Rodel Tapaya from the Philippines and Dinh Q Lê from Vietnam. In dialogue with them, we present a few younger artists that better epitomize the feeling of the new generation: Pannaphan Yodmanee, Gongkan, Kitti Narod, Luis Antonio Santos, Kim Oliveros, Raffy Napay, Ayka Go, Wedhar Riayadi and a group of young artists coming from Singapore: Shen Jiaqi, Khairulddin Wahab, Faris Heizerand Marla Bendini.
Still the exhibition in its whole results in a chorus that's absolutely in sync with one another. In fact regional, cultural peculiarities give way to an international language that all of them equally use to express their art, despite the different context they come from.
South East Asia art scene is today completely parallel to other international realities. This is obviously due to the new fluidity of connections and the incredible ease of communication we experience globally since a few years. But this apparent simplification doesn’t come without a side effect: together with the flexibility and rapidity of communication, the revolution of the global system has enhanced the traits of ‘nihilism’. The very value of freedom is now relegated to the individual sphere as a principle of self-determination, beyond ideologies and morals. Our ethical choices are all relative today, we live in the illusion of freedom but we are simply immersed in a kind of ‘transitory’ reality that doesn’t propose a new system of values in place of the traditional one.
Homage to Manet Oil on canvas 200 x 350 cm 2011
The Magical Cycle of Birth and Death Mixed media, fiberglass, concrete 128 x 134 x 107 cm Mixed media on canvas 180 x 450 cm 2021
Leave it behind Acrylic on canvas 200 x 400 cm 2021
Private Space in Public Space Acrylic on canvas 160 x 140 cm 2021
Talebearer’s Tale: The Last Deer Mixed media, wooden table, silicone and polyester made animal 101 x 202 x 148 cm 2017
Untitled Acrylic on canvas 200 x 240 cm 2021
Rope from the Sky Acrylic paint and glitter on canvas 420 x 800 cm 2020-2021
Menjadi Monster Embroidered painting 167 x 159 cm 2020
Waiting Room Oil on canvas 200 x 150 cm 2021
Blue Hour Mixed media on wood and aluminum board 275 x 183 cm 2019
Where do we go from here Acrylic on Linen 185 x 190 cm 2021
New dawn Acrylic on canvas 122 x 92 cm 2019
There's no hope for tomorrow Acrylic and oil o linen 190 x 160 cm 2021
What is painting but the act of embracing by means of art the surface of the pool No. 1 Oil on linen 197 x 173 cm 2021
Underneath My Skin Oil on canvas 152 x 152 cm 2021
Untitled 2021 Oil on canvas 119.5 x 150 cm 2021
The Comedy, Parody and Tragedy Acrylic on canvas 300 x 700 cm 2018
Giving Light Embroidered on wooden board 183 x 122 cm 2021
Dinh Q Lê
Cambodia Reamker #14 Epson archival Inkjet, ph neutral linen tape, ph neutral double sided tape 260 x 220 cm 2021
Galvanized iron sheets mounted on wooden stretcher，Oil on canvas 183 x 122 x 7.5 cm x 2 2021
Shape in Dreams II Resin 29.2 x 21.6 x 21.6 cm x 60/Each 2021
Alphabet Chart Oil on canvas 152 x 182 cm 2021
Mit Jai Inn
National Flag Mixed media on canvas 862 x 150 cm, 714 x 150 cm 2021
Michela Sena is a Rome-Bangkok based curator and art critic. Her research relates partly to the potential of global language and the relationship and dialogue between contemporary artists coming from different territories. After she graduated in museology and art history at Roma Tre University and got a Chinese language degree at SISU Shanghai Foreign Studies University, she was Director of Primo Marella Gallery Beijing and Director of Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok. She curated a wide number of shows proposing a punctual snapshot of contemporary art research, developing in recent years a focus on Chinese and South East Asian art.