Tan Vatey (Cambodia)
Tan Vatey studies at Sa Sa Art Projects. She has taught art to children and volunteered as an art teacher and designer at several NGOs in Phnom Penh. She initiated P-NiH Art+Design, a project that raises fund to support Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital through sales of uniquely designed products. Vatey was the 3rd runner up of the Art on AIDS competition of the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and Pacific, which was held in Bangkok in 2013. She has participated and facilitated several live painting events in Phnom Penh. Her group exhibitions include the 2016 inaugural exhibition at Constable Gallery at Large, Siem Reap. She was an artist in residency at SA SA BASSAC in 2016
Kaung Myat Thu ( Myanmar)
Kaung Myat Thu creations mainly exist in being himself and connecting to the environment he wanted to be in, the future he hopes for and the situations of the country he is living in. He does not want to create art under the influence of ‘politic’ but instead the mother nature, education and living conditions given to him by his country. His sensational point of view innocently and frankly presents a base or what he senses. He is strongly interested in his own communication and translation to himself when the action comes to him and how he reacts to this. He uses the materials in his environment as interpretations of his dialogues to himself. He puts effort in interpreting his inner dialogues and finding if he can speak to all living things on the earth by art.
Azam Aris (Malayasia)
Azam Aris (b. 1983) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons.) from UiTM Shah Alam in 2007. The following year, Azam won the Artist Residency at House of Matahati (HOM), which led to his 2008 solo show titled “Float”. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the “Local’s Only!” series, and the HOM shows “Young & New I” and “Young & New II”. In 2009, Azam’s work was displayed at Art Expo Malaysia, and at the IMCAS event held at Danga Mall in Johor Bahru.
Azam Aris has a unique style that borders on the dark and the horrific, and references his personal feelings towards life as a Malay artist. His “Float” works, arguably his strongest to date, take the viewer to the edge of his nightmare. In Works after and after Mona Lisa, only a sneakered foot and a lollipop are fully intact; while the rest of the image is disturbing in itself, those elements are disturbingly clean. Azam also draws on canvas in ballpoint pen, and will show a series of those works in an upcoming solo exhibition.
Leonard Yang ( Singapore)
Growing up being inured by a single social value, Nuttapon experienced the idea of intellectual superiority which the educational system offered. His interest and his study in the Department of Government, Faculty of Political Science, Ramkhamhaeng University had him involved with an opposing political group. He dropped out and realized that his interest in social science was actually an element of something he couldn’t yet find out. Nuttapon started working as a crew in a music band until Thailand’s political turmoil in 2006, which became an important turning point that had him focused on politics again. At the same time, he was familiar with Jit Phumisak’s idea of art and culture as an apparatus for social struggle in the book titled “Art for Life’s Sake”. This book holds answers to questions stuck in his mind
But, after witnessing how his fellow artists were affected from their political expression, a new set of questions arose in his mind, “On the very same issue, why could some people address it while some couldn’t? Scholars and lecturers could, so could poets. On the on the other hand, artists who wanted to talk weren’t allowed to be heard. Why were they not on the same paradigm? Nuttapon believes that each field of study has different learning procedures and representations. In art, learning, experimenting, ideas, and practice are deeply related.
Thuy Tien Nguyen (Vietnam)
Thuy Tien Nguyen emerged on to the Vietnamese art scene three years ago and has been very dedicated and dynamic, constantly expanding the scope of her practice and experimenting with various media, including photography, video, text, installation and performance. A storyteller at heart, Thuy-Tien’s multimedia body of work evolves around the deepest and most vulnerable parts of her self, psyche, body and existence; and deals with the struggles and complexities she faces on her journey through life. Toying with notions of concealment and revelation, private and public, limitation and freedom. In the most untamed but sincere manner, Thuy Tien exposes her details and secrets, even the disturbing and unspeakable, mixing fact and fictions in chapters that are both sequential and non sequential, often putting the audience in a state of unsettlement, haziness, and disorientation.
Renz Lee ( Philipiness)
Renz Lee currently works as a research assistant in Third World Studies Center also in the University of the Philippines. In 2015, he was sent as a scholar of the College of Fine Arts in Paris, France. He later went back to his home country and produced a thesis entitled ”From Cosmos to Consciousness: An Experience with the Special Connection Between Space and Modern Philippine Civilization” to address his fascination towards the universe . He believes art has a big role in the present condition of his country, and he always tries to make his works as relevant as it can be to the social constructs of the Philippines.
Noy Xayarham ( Laos )
Fajar Abadi ( Indonesia )