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News from Southeast Asia

These selected articles are from the workshop ‘National Imaginations in Southeast Asian Art’, organised by the Regional Social and Cultural Studies (RSCS) Programme at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Together with RSCS’s regular Arts in Southeast Asia seminar series, this workshop aims to explore the intersecting forces of nationalism, nation-building and art-making in the region.


National imaginations in Southeast Asian art
By Hélène Njoto
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The ambivalent political identities of Chinese Indonesian artists in the 1950s-1960s
By Brigitta Isabella
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Malay and Islam-Centric national narratives: modern art in Malaysia during the 1980s
By Sarena Abdullah
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An art historical parallax: the subject, spectacle, and myth of/in Juan Luna’s Parisian Life
By Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut
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