SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Performance as Site of Memory: Performing Art History in Vietnam and Singapore

Nora A Taylor (Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Date: 6 May 2016Time: 4:00 PM

Finishes: 6 May 2016Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Tate Britain, Manton Studio

Type of Event: Seminar

Joint seminar organised by Tate Research Centre: Asia, the SOAS Contemporary Art Research Seminar and the SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies


This presentation will look at four artists, Loo Zihan, Koh Nguang How, Tran Anh Quan and Nguyen Van Tien, who have created performance pieces that narrate art historical events or that make references to the art historical past. These works are cases where documentation, art history or archives are the work rather than the aftermath of the work. They not only comment on art history but also on the nature of performance art, documentation and the role of the archive in art history. More than making art history present and performative, these artists are proposing to look at performance art events as sites of memory and counter memory, or lieux de mémoire as the historian Pierre Nora has called them, in other words sites that challenge the public, and the audience, to recall certain events and their individual histories.

Speaker Biography

Nora A. Taylor is the Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art (Hawaii 2004 and NUS Press 2009) as well as numerous articles on Modern and Contemporary Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Art. She is currently at work on a book project on Vietnamese and Singaporean performance artists' uses of history. 


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