Contemporary Southeast Asian self-portraiture: a strategy for socio-political investigation

Lai Kit Mun, Jessica (2012) Contemporary Southeast Asian self-portraiture: a strategy for socio-political investigation. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Contemporary Southeast Asian self-portraiture: a strategy for socio-political investigation
Synopsis:

The art of self-portraiture is not an indigenous tradition in Southeast Asia. When Southeast Asian artists adopted wester techniques and stylistic elements in their art-making, they also adopted the genre of self-portraiture. Artists became independent individuals with their own ideas and expressions. However, the collective frame did not disappear, and even in the depiction of the self, there exists a collective identity. In contemporary Southeast Asian art, the self-image has been co-opted as a site and strategy to make commentary about society and politics. Self-portraiture in contemporary Southeast East Asia further attempts to constantly stabilize the sense of self in a fast changing and pluralistic environment. This thesis will look into how contemporary Southeast Asian artists, through questioning the self, raise questions about identity within a globalized, pluralistic, continually changing and politically charged world that is contemporary society. A theoretical framework will be applied to the understanding of self-portraiture in contemporary Southeast Asian self-portraiture in order to extend the discourse on Southeast Asian self-portraiture.

Subjects: Fine Arts
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2013 03:21
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2013 03:21
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/65

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