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A small gesture towards the capital B

Eko Nugroho, Taman Berbulan Kembar (Garden with Twin Moon), 2013
Eko Nugroho, Taman Berbulan Kembar (Garden with Twin Moon), 2013. Resin sculpture, plastic flowers, Muslim women’s prayer garments, dried flowers, embroidery, and mural, dimensions variable. Installation view, Jogyajakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Courtesy Qinyi Lim

Qinyi Lim questions the urgency and ethics of contemporary international biennnials, focusing on the Biennale Jogja XII and the Singapore Biennale 2013 as symptomatic of a “universalist regionalism” overly reliant on facile categories and keywords. More

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No Me Token; or, How to Make Sure We Never Lose the * Completely

Left to right: Santiago Montoya, Horizon (I), 2012, 159.5 x 161.5 x 10 cm; Horizon (II), 2012, 160.5 x 165.5 x 10 cm; Horizon (III), 2012, 160 x 163.5 x 10 cm. All works paper money on stainless steel. Installation view: The Great Swindle, Halcyon Gallery, London, 2012. Photo: Alfie Hunter Images
Left to right: Santiago Montoya, Horizon (I), 2012, 159.5 x 161.5 x 10 cm; Horizon (II), 2012, 160.5 x 165.5 x 10 cm; Horizon (III), 2012, 160 x 163.5 x 10 cm. All works paper money on stainless steel. Installation view: The Great Swindle, Halcyon Gallery, London, 2012. Photo: Alfie Hunter Images

In this detailed critical analysis of the ways in which Latin American art has developed and been received internationally in relation to its counterparts, José Luis Falconi proposes an alternative to the “monolithic” Western art-historical narrative. More

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Fruit Picnic

Fruit Picnic
Erin Gleeson, Fruit Picnic, 2013. Color video, with sound, 20 min., 9 sec. Courtesy the artist.

“People in the fifth stage of Buddhism don’t eat fruit.” Four artists picnicking in the forest share anecdotes, myths, and memories associated with Cambodian foods, tracing connections between cultures and languages through cultivation and cuisine. More

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Dear Japanese: Children of War

Miyuki Okuyama, H and F, 2012
Miyuki Okuyama, H and F, 2012. Black-and-white photograph, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist © Miyuki Okuyama. The twin brothers spent their childhood in an orphanage.

Netherlands-based artist Miyuki Okuyama describes the genesis of her photographic project Dear Japanese, in which she portrays the offspring of Japanese fathers and Dutch-Indonesian mothers as a way to reflect on the complexities of identity. More

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What Can Art Tell Us about the World? Southeast Asia, China, the West, and the Rest

Tiffany Chung, Enokiberry Tree in Wonderland, 2008
Tiffany Chung, Enokiberry Tree in Wonderland, 2008. Performance view, Strategies from Within: Vietnamese and Cambodian Contemporary Art Practices, Ke Center for Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Photo: Courtesy Biljana Ciric

Recalling various key projects of the past 25 years, curator Biljana Ciric examines the status of China within a globalized contemporary art world, reflecting on its changing relationships with communities within and beyond the region. More