REORIENT is M+’s first public event to focus exclusively on the region of South and Southeast Asia. From its early stages of formation, the M+ collection has encompassed works by South and Southeast Asian artists and makers, but the region(s) have yet to feature prominently as part of the museum’s public programme. With REORIENT, M+ ‘reorients’ attention southward by bringing together key practitioners, curators, researchers and thinkers from the fields of visual art, design and architecture and moving image, and from various locales in South and Southeast Asia, to present and discuss critical issues and multiplicities related to their practice, institutions and contexts. Designed to inform Hong Kong audiences about the important work being done by individuals and institutions in the region, REORIENT also seeks to examine affinities and intersections between cultural practices in Hong Kong and the global south.

Comprised of one-on-one conversations, short presentations and panel discussions, REORIENT is a three-day event designed as a platform to explore views across geographies (from Bangalore to Bangladesh, Yogyakarta to Ho Chi Minh City), disciplines (from visual art, design and architecture, and moving image) and initiatives (from bottom-up to institutionally-driven practices). The conversations and discussions between invited speakers and M+ curators would seek to address the following issues: how local and regional particularities and histories (as well as transnational and global forces and flows) have informed and shaped the nature of cultural ecology and production in South and Southeast Asia; how Hong Kong is culturally, historically and geographically situated with regards to the region(s); and how various curatorial and research frameworks undertaken by museums and cultural institutions in Asia, and elsewhere, have investigated art and design practices of South and Southeast Asia.

REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia is organised by Pauline J. Yao (Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+) and Shirley Surya (Associate Curator, Design and Architecture, M+). 

Online registration required, on a first-come, first-serve basis.  


Day 1
30 November 2017, Thursday
6:00 – 8:30pm
Designing on the Margins—Land, Materiality and Community

Anupama Kundoo in conversation with Aric Chen
Eko Prawoto in conversation with Shirley Surya

Day 2
1 December 2017, Friday
6:00 – 8:30pm
Art, Ritual and the Everyday

Rirkrit Tiravanija in conversation with Pauline J. Yao
Sheela Gowda in conversation with Doryun Chong

Day 3
2 December 2017, Saturday
11:00am – 4:00pm
Researching, Collecting and Framing the Region

Adjacencies: Links between Hong Kong, South and Southeast Asia
Cosmin Costinas, Para Site, Hong Kong
Chuong-Dai Vo, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Department of Cultural Studies and Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Seeds and Networks: Nurturing Local Ecologies
Diana Campbell Betancourt, Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh and Bellas Artes Projects, Bagac, Philippines 
Zoe Butt, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Roobina Karode, Kirin Nadar Museum, New Delhi, India
Ignatius Hermawan Tanzil, LeBoYe Design and Dia.Lo.Gue., Jakarta, Indonesia

Positions: Institutional Perspectives on South and Southeast Asia
Sean Anderson, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
José Da Silva, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Judith Greer, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore


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