Aug 23 2017

The Propeller Group at Asia Society and Museum, New York: September 8, 2017 – January 21, 2018

The Propeller Group will be participating in the exhibition After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History, on view from September 8, 2017 to January 21, 2018 at the Asia Society and Museum in New York.

At a time of social and political tension, how should art and artists respond to the challenges of the moment? Does art have the power to change the world or does the world shape the evolution of art? After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History considers these questions through the work of seven contemporary artists and one artist group from Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam, whose lives and artistic practices have intersected with defining periods of sociopolitical transition in their respective societies.

The title of the exhibition originates in the phrase “after darkness comes the light” from the writings of Raden Adjeng Kartini, the daughter of the Regent of Jepara in Java and an icon and champion of women’s emancipation in Indonesia. The words of Kartini echo the desire of artists to find light after days of darkness, and their struggle to give a voice to the disenfranchised and those on the margins of society.

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

http://asiasociety.org/new-york/exhibitions/after-darkness-southeast-asian-art-wake-history

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