The Lockin Artists, our special project, read Episode 1: Karina Sokowati

At this moment, billions of people are staying at home to escape the virus. What will the world be like? How do we respond to uncertainty and change? Everyone has their own answer. Politicians are busy cleaning up the mess, intellectuals are busy predicting the future. Subtropical Asia’s special project, #thelockinartists#, will focus on our…

Chinese Artists Stranded In Berlin Due To COVID-19 Lockdown

On March 7, 2020, Chinese calligraphy artist Qian Geng and experimental musician Wang Ziheng flew from Beijing to Germany, to launch their European tour. At that time, the coronavirus outbreak in China had been controlled to a certain extent, while the outbreak in Europe was still in its early stages. On March 11, they learned that…

Indonesia’s DIY Extreme Vespa Scene Brought To Life by “Rebel Riders”

<Rebel Riders>, is a film by Dutch cinematographer Marc Aziz Ressang, who has been living in Asia for 8 years. It’s a documentary about Vespa Ekstrim, an Indonesian community where people share their love of modifying their Vespas into outlandish novel hybrid vehicles. Vespa Ekstrim is not a new thing – you can easily find…

Seeking Sacred: Meet The Modern Buddhist Monks In The Angkor Wat

When most people hear the word “monk,” what appears before them is a stereotypical image of a person with a shaved head, isolated from the world in a remote temple living a life of sacrifice and abstinence. A daily ritual that starts well before dawn, invoking washing in cold water with only a bowl of…

In The Era Of Collectively Trapped In Home: A Review Of Wuhan Artist Ke Ming’s Recent Exhibition

In early January 2020, the new coronavirus Covid-19 broke out in Wuhan and swept through cities across China. With the severity of the epidemic escalating, on January 23rd, the Wuhan government decided to put the city in lock down. And due to this, the artist Ke Ming missed the opening ceremony of his solo exhibition…

When The Battle Against Censorship Turns Into Public Performance Art

This week, Chinese magazine <People> published an interview with Ai Fen, a Wuhan doctor who was censored and disciplined by hospital authorities for sharing a diagnostic report on WeChat showing a patient with SARS-like pneumonia in late December. The alarm that Ai sounded was soon shared by her colleague Dr. Li Wenliang and seven other…