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Museum Macan, Indonesia

‘Stories Across Rising Lands’ is a survey exhibition of Southeast Asian contemporary art, co-curated by Museum MACAN’s curator Asep Topan and Jakarta-based Korean curator Jeong Ok Jeon. It features artists from across South East Asia, including the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia, who work in a range of media, including video, installation, photography, painting, and video performance. ‘Stories Across Rising Lands’ focuses on everyday actions and the small daily narratives that help to define social and cultural connections to place. As a survey of art from South East Asia, this exhibition reflects the diversity and substantial geographic spread of the region by emphasizing personal and fragmented connections to history and politics observed through the perspectives of artists. 

The exhibition includes eight artists and artistic collaboration. Born in and around the 1980s, these artists are connected by their generational experience of media technology; the impact of shifting economic and political discussions within their home territories; and approaches to different aesthetic formats that reflect the subtle movement between local, regional, and global contexts. The artists selected for this exhibition are widely respected and actively contribute to the various conversations of contemporary art in their home situations, whilst regularly participating in regional and global conversations.

Curators' Tour

Exclusive 'Artist Studio Insight'

Kawita Vatanajyankur, a Bangkok-based artist, invites us to her studio and shares about her take on art as soft power. She talks about the process behind her performance work “Knit” (2018), which she created out of concerns for female garment workers and fast fashion industry. Kawita Vatanajyankur is an exhibiting artist at ‘Stories Across Rising Lands’, on view at Museum MACAN, Jakarta, and online at

The exhibition is developed by Museum MACAN, and supported by ASEAN, ASEAN Foundation and ASEAN-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund.

Kawita Vatanajyankur, seniman yang tinggal di Bangkok, mengundang kita memasuki studionya dan berbagi pandangannya mengenai seni sebagai kekuatan halus (soft power). Ia menceritakan proses di balik karya performans “Knit” (2018), yang ia buat untuk menyuarakan pandangannya tentang pekerja garmen perempuan dan industri fast fashion.

Kawita Vatanajyankur adalah perupa yang berpameran dalam ‘Stories Across Rising Lands’, yang ditampilkan di Museum MACAN, Jakarta, dan dapat diakses online melalui Pameran ini diinisiasi oleh Museum MACAN, dan didukung oleh ASEAN, ASEAN Foundation dan ASEAN-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund.

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