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Asia's Largest LGBT Contemporary Art Show to Take Place in Bangkok in 2019

The art show will feature two Vietnamese artists.

"Spectrosynthesis II - Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia" is the second edition of "Spectrosynthesis ─ Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now," an LGBTQ art exhibition hosted in Taiwan after the court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in 2017. 

"Spectrosynthesis II" is organized by Sunpride Foundation and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), and will be held at the BACC from November 23, 2019 to March 1, 2020, South China Morning Post reports. 

“It is particularly relevant that our exhibition comes at a time when the Thai government has announced a new bill backing same-sex civil partnerships in Thailand,” said Patrick Sun, Sunpride Foundation's founder and executive director.

The exhibition will feature more than 50 artists from Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as perspectives from China, India and Sri Lanka to provide a wider context. Two Vietnamese artists participating in the art show are Vietnamese-born Danish conceptual artist Danh Vo and fine arts photographer Dinh Q. Le.

Regarding the conceptual framing of the exhibition, Sun notes, "We looked at subthemes, such as personal experiences, human rights and diversity advocacy… and focused on sharing the human experience of LGBTQ artists—the desire for love, acceptance, and to be treated as an equal."

[Photo: Ren Hang, Untitled (2011)/South China Morning Post

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