Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia

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Political Acts

Arts Centre Melbourne presents presents

Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia

Performance art is one of the driving forces in contemporary art across Southeast Asia. It is an art form that acknowledges the cultural traditions of performance within the region, while also providing avant-garde artists with a creative means to critically explore social, political and environmental issues.

The exhibition Political Acts will present a selection of artists’ films, photographs and installations by some of the innovative pioneers of performance art in Southeast Asia.

Artists represented are Dadang Christanto (Indonesia / Australia), Lee Wen (Singapore), Liew Teck Leong (Malaysia), Khvay Samnang (Cambodia), Moe Satt (Myanmar), Melati Suryodarmo (Indonesia) and Tran Luong (Vietnam).


Image credit: Moe Satt, F’n’F (Face and Fingers), 2008-09, digital print, Courtesy the artist

ACMSidney Myer Fund

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.


11 February – 21 May 2017

Open daily


Gallery 1, Theatres Building

Price range

FREE Exhibition