Curation as Writing/Exhibition as Book – Part I: Bharti Lalwani

Bharti Lalwani, in her presentation Shared Agency vs State Obstruction: One exhibition-example of art, empowerment and the collective in Southeast Asia, used the exhibition Concept Context Contestation: Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia, co-curated across Southeast Asia, to discuss art’s critical function as distinct from other types of texts. The exhibition avoided homogenising the countries and cultures of the region, highlighting connecting and distinguishing aspects with a focus on the language of dissent. Lalwani posited that the exhibition can function in subtler ways than the book when addressing or redressing postcolonial histories.



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