Shifting Grounds, New Horizons: Thinking and doing contemporary Southeast Asian art now


Dates: 3 and 4 November 2022; Free, Online

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Shifting Grounds, New Horizons: Thinking and doing contemporary Southeast Asian art now is a 2-day online symposium gathering key voices in the field of contemporary Southeast Asian art. The symposium is intended as a space for renewing knowledge and conversations around critical developments in art and curatorial practice, projects of art history and exhibition history, and the ever-shifting coordinates of contemporary Southeast Asian art itself – all within a context of the expanded artworlds for, and public engagement with, the region’s art over the last few decades. To this end, Shifting Grounds. New Horizons encourages thinking and discussion across historical and present-day contexts, as well as future trajectories of practice that are shaping the field.

The symposium follows the publication of a special double issue on ‘Contemporary Art Worlds and Art Publics in Southeast Asia’ (2020) in the journal World Art, edited by Michelle Antoinette and Francis Maravillas.

Shifting Grounds. New Horizons is jointly hosted by the Art History & Theory program at Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) in Melbourne, and the MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art programme (CCSCA) at the National Taipei University of Education, Taipei. It is supported by the Australian Research Council (DE170100455), CCSCA, and MADA.

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Dr Michelle Antoinette is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Art History and Theory at Monash University, Melbourne. E:; URL:

Dr Francis Maravillas, is Assistant Professor, Critical and Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art, National Taipei University of Education. E:; URL: