Sho Akita

  • The Asia Center Fellowship Program
  • Grant Year: Fiscal Year 2016
June 06, 2016 - June 28, 2016
Country of Activity
Thailand, Vietnam

OMBRE: Research on artists, curators and activists who work around the subjects of body and sexual minorities in Bangkok, Saigon and Hanoi

This research is for the purpose of introducing, sharing and examining in Japan foreign artists and works of art in the screening series Normal Screen, which is based in Tokyo. The author visited Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi to build a network with artists and curators there. Normal Screen primarily introduces artists and works that express what sexual minorities experience and the topics with a defiant attitude, and in this research the author interviews artists and curators who have a strong interest in the body, sexuality and identity. Because a distinguishing feature of Normal Screen is that it is neither a gallery nor movie theater, the author observed alternative spaces and spoke with their operators in the destination countries. Even now, there are few support systems for this field and the artists and curators who work in it, therefore, experiencing that situation first hand and building a network beyond borders are very important tasks.

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