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  • Yee I-Lann, Fluid World, 2010, ink-jet print, acid dye, indigo dye, and batik crackle on silk twill, 51 × 111 3/4". From “Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1980s to Now.”

    “SUNSHOWER: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA, 1980S TO NOW”

    Mori Art Museum
    6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52/53F
    July 5 - October 23

    Curated by Merv Espina, Mami Kataoka, Vera Mey, Jo-Lene Ong, Grace Samboh, and Naoki Yoneda

    At a time when Western alliances such as NATO and the EU are under unprecedented threat, other international post–World War II consortia have taken on renewed significance.“Sunshower” marks the fifty-year anniversary of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), a ten-country trade partnership founded in 1967, with a major presentation of eighty-five artists from the member nations. Hoping to sidestep the often-reductive frameworks of large-scale, geography-based surveys, the fourteen-person curatorial team (of which the core group numbers six) has adopted a rubric of nine subthemes: cartography, conflict, identity, history, archiving, spirituality, indigenous culture, social practice, and the quotidian. Through such groupings, the show, which spans two Tokyo venues, promises a diverse picture of a region, room for digression, and, perhaps, an alternative approach to thinking about international relations. Travels to the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan, Nov. 3–Dec. 25.