The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia
The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia

Curator: Iola Lenzi

Alwin Reamillo
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Aung Ko
Aung Myint
Bui Cong Khanh
Chris Chong Chan Fui
Dinh Q. Le
Duto Hardono
FX Harsono
Heri Dono
Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan
Ise Roslisham
Jakkai Siributr
Jason Lim
Josephine Turalba
Krisna Murti
Lee Wen
Luong Hue Trinh & Nguyen Xuan Son
Manit Sriwanichpoom
Melati Suryodarmo
Mella Jaarsma
Michael Shaowanasai
Nguyen Van Cuong
Restu Ratnaningtyas
Srey Bandaul
Sutee Kunavichayanont
Tawatchai Puntusawasdi
Tay Wei Leng
Vasan Sitthiket
Vertical Submarine
Vu Dan Tan
Yee I-Lann

18 September 2014-4 January 2015
Exhibition view from Istiklal Street
Photo: Murat Germen
Iola Lenzi on "The Roving Eye"
Josephine Turalba
"Scandals" (2013)
Exhibition view: "The Roving Eye", Arter, 2014
Photo: Aras Selim Bankoğlu
Sutee Kunavichayanont
"History Class Part 2" (2013)
Exhibition view: "The Roving Eye", Arter, 2014
Photo: Murat Germen
Exhibition view: "The Roving Eye", Arter, 2014
Photo: Aras Selim Bankoğlu
"The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia" was a group exhibition that presented more than 40 works by 36 of Southeast Asia's most innovative contemporary artists from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. The exhibition was curated by Iola Lenzi, a researcher and critic focusing on Southeast Asian contemporary art.

As well as introducing forms, materials, conceptual methodologies, and aesthetic codes commonly featured in the artistic production of the region, the exhibition aimed to offer critical insights into today's regional culture and the many tensions cleaving the societies of Southeast Asia. In particular, "The Roving Eye" argued multiple points of view on self and society as a central canon of Southeast Asian contemporary art. The exhibition thus emphasized this particular way of looking at the world that has evolved in the region from the 1970s on whereby the artist usually engages multiple positions and viewpoints.

Placing particular emphasis on works that embrace experience, interactivity and participation, "The Roving Eye" featured installations, videos, sound pieces, photography and performances, a number of which were especially commissioned for the exhibition.


Wednesday, 17 September
16:00, Salon İKSV*
Performance: Melati Suryodarmo, I Love You, 5 hrs
18:00, ARTER
Performance: Jason Lim, Last Drop, 30 min
19:00, ARTER
Performance: Bui Cong Khanh, Hymne National [National Anthem],15 min

Thursday, 18 September
16:00–18:00, Salon İKSV*
Reading Southeast Asian Art Outside Southeast Asia
Iola Lenzi, Dinh Q. Le, FX Harsono, Jason Lim, Josephine Turalba, Sutee Kunavichayanont

* Salon İKSV
Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası
Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No: 5
Şişhane, Beyoğlu