Khairuddin Hori, Senior Curator of Singapore Art Museum
The exhibition "Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia from the Collection of Singapore Art Museum" began last Friday at Yokohama Museum of Art. This is the first exhibition that features Southeast Asia at that museum.
Southeast Asia has many different cultures, religions and nations. Because of this, the art of this area has a wide-range. This time, we can see 28 works made since 1999 from 8 countries: Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thai, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia.
The artist Zai Kuning's film "Riau" is very interesting. He focused on the people who live on a small boat their whole lives. They were the soldiers of the King and the wealthy in past, but now they are poor, sea nomads. They had moved freely on the Sea according to the season, but now they are citizens of Indonesia, so they can only move through the area around Indonesia. The question is: Are they real Indonesian? They have no common culture with Indonesian.
This exhibition examines matters of identity, religion and so on.