A Springboard for Southeast Asian Art
A Magazine Singapore|January - February 2022 - The Metamophorsis
SEA Focus, the world’s first Southeast Asian contemporary art fair, returns to Singapore this January.
JEAN MUN-DELSALLE

The launch of international art fair, ArtSG, may have been postponed once again, but SEA Focus 2022 (SF 2022) returns from 15 to 23 January at Tanjong Pagar Distripark as part of Singapore Art Week.

While other fairs worldwide have been postponed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the world’s first boutique fair dedicated exclusively to Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art has run annually without interruption since its launch in 2019, thanks to its regional character and intimate size. Initiated by STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery and supported by the National Arts Council (NAC), this fourth edition showcases over 140 artworks by more than 50 young and established artists represented by 24 galleries, mostly from around the region.

Tay Tong, director of sector development (Visual Arts) at NAC, says: “We believe that art will continue to break new ground and inspire new conversations as we work together with our local artists and community to explore fresh possibilities for the future of art.”

Building the Southeast Asian Art Market

Aiming to anchor Singapore’s position as a leading cultural hub in the region and to nurture Southeast Asia’s myriad art scenes, SF 2022’s theme is “Chance… Constellations”, an exploration of the shared histories, geographies and cultures connecting the region’s artistic communities.

“Global attention on Southeast Asia, specifically Singapore, continues to grow, and interest in contemporary art in this region is similarly increasing,” declares Emi Eu, project director of SEA Focus and executive director of STPI.

“The growing and engaging contemporary art scene in Southeast Asia reflects a multitude of cultures, languages and religions of the region. SEA Focus exists to be a catalyst for the Southeast Asian contemporary art scene, to shine a light on our talents and artistic expressions to the world at large.”

Further boosting SEA Focus’ global dimension, Art Basel, the world’s leading fair for modern and contemporary art, has come on board in 2022 for the first time to lend its industry expertise and provide access to its regional and international networks.

A fair devoted to the region remains vital as “worldwide, Southeast Asian contemporary art still has a very small footprint”, according to Audrey Yeo, founder of Yeo Workshop, which is exhibiting Indonesian artists Citra Sasmita and Maryanto, and Singaporean artist Sarah Choo Jing, with prices ranging from $800 to $25,000.

“The artists here are relatively untapped as yet, and have a lot to bring to the international stage. The success of regional art fairs will now be crucial to the local and regional quality of the artists, the dedication of the gallerists and the support of collectors and patrons.”

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