Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia
This November, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) and Sunpride Foundation will jointly present SPECTROSYNTHESIS II- Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia (SPECTROSYNTHESIS II), the largest-ever survey of regional contemporary art that explores lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer creative history in Southeast Asia and beyond. Opening on 23 November 2019 at the BACC, the exhibition will feature spectacular works created by more than 50 artists including new works that have never been shown before, with most of the artists coming from Southeast Asia. SPECTROSYNTHESIS II is the second stop of Sunpride Foundation’s touring exhibition, following the success of its acclaimed SPECTROSYNTHESIS – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now that was presented in Taiwan in 2017.
Thai artists who will be featured in SPECTROSYNTHESIS II include Arin Rungjang and Jakkai Siributr who are creating work specially for this exhibition, as well as Michael Shaowanasai, Sornchai Phongsa, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat, and many others who will be presenting their works. From Southeast Asia, Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnam), Maria Taniguchi (Philippines), Ming Wong (Singapore) and Danh Vō (Vietnam) will be featured, whilst Anne Samat (Malaysia) will be presenting a newly commissioned work at the exhibition. Looking beyond the region to present the theme in a global context, the likes of Sunil Gupta (India), Ren Hang (China), Hou Chun-Ming (Taiwan), Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (Sri Lanka), Lionel Wendt (Sri Lanka), Martin Wong (USA) and Samson Young (Hong Kong) will also be showcasing their works at the exhibition, with Balbir Krishan (India) presenting a commissioned work.
SPECTROSYNTHESIS II- Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia is curated by Chatvichai Promadhattavedi, former Director of the BACC, and will run from 23 November 2019 to 1 March 2020 at the BACC. The exhibition will feature a rich programme that includes film screenings and performances to engage a broader audience in this pertinent topic.