Outset Netherlands is delighted to support the production of the large-scale print and lecture performance Tripping Troping by the artist HO RUI AN for the exhibition UnAuthorised Medium in Framer Framed, curated by Annie Jael Kwan.
In this lecture, artist HO RUI AN shares his artistic process working between archival and field research in approaching the comparative histories and contemporaneity of Southeast/East Asia. Thinking between the positionalities of tripping – to take a trip, but also to stumble – and troping – to turn something into a trope, but also to turn – the artist reflects on the contingencies that shape our embodied encounters with a world mediated by image.
The group exhibition UnAuthorised Medium, curated by Annie Jael Kwan, brings together works by internationally established and emerging artists who have deep connections to Southeast Asia, while also working extensively across the globe. Appropriating its title from a?p vong, the Vietnamese secularised ritual of invoking the ‘dead’, the exhibition evokes the ‘ghosts’ – ‘glitches’ – in the archive. Through a range of artistic practices, including a variety of lens-based works, drawing and mixed media installation, the artists disrupt dominant systems of knowledge, reclaiming and reconstructing the erased, invisible and fictional to engage with the historical and contested paradigm of ‘Southeast Asia’.