Spectrosynthesis, Exposing Tolerance: LGBTQ Art in South-East Asia

Invoking the spectrum of the rainbow, curator Chatvichai Prommadhattavedi reflects on the exhibition “Spectrosynthesis II – Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia” as part of a genealogy in the field of art that recognizes sex-gender diversity as an inherent part and always present of making community before authoritarianism.

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  1. The Sinosphere, East Asian cultural sphere, or Chinese cultural sphere encompasses the countries within East and Southeast Asia that were historically influenced by Chinese culture.

  2. Colonial India adopted Victorian culture wholesale. The Pre-Raphaelite School of Painting was prominent in British colonial culture at the time. The artist subverts works such as William Dyce’s The Meeting of Jacob and Rachel, replacing Rachel with a male figure and thus turning it on its head.

  3. Indeed, Siam enacted its own sort of colonial policy with regards to the minor states under its influence in the name of political unification. Under British and French colonial pressure, Siam amalgamated these states in the mid-nineteenth century, introducing a strong central rule from the capital Bangkok.


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