The research grant, supported by Martell in 2005 and 2006, provides individuals with resources to carry out focused research projects in Asia. The grant is for writers, researchers, and academics in need of support for projects relating to contemporary Asian art and artists.
The Ho Chi Minh-based artist and researcher examined the importance of the media in influencing work produced in the Mekong region. Over the life of the project, Streitmatter-Tran travelled to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. He proceeded to make a general assessment of the media infrastructure for each country and sought out artists that were either using, commenting, or resisting media in the production of their work. Videos, images, and documents were collected in the course of his research.
The Afghanistan-born, New York-based artist, curator, and educator travelled to Central Asia in August and September 2005 to conduct this research project that collects up-to-date materials of the developing art scene in countries including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, through interviews with artists and curators from the region.