This archive covers the span of Lee Wen’s practice as an artist, organiser, and writer, starting in the early 1980s: his solo and collaborative projects, his notebooks and sketchbooks, his formative period with The Artists Village, his writings and correspondences, and his extensive documentation of art collectives and festivals in Asia and Europe. Among this latter batch of material are photographs and video documentation of artists who participated in ground-breaking festivals such as Artists’ General Assembly, Nippon International Performance Art Festival, and Asiatopia.
Lee Wen (b. 1957) is part of a generation of artists who have defined and shaped performance art in Asia. Parallel with his development as a solo artist, he has been active in collectives and festivals such as The Artists Village, Future of Imagination (FOI), Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak (R.I.T.E.S.), and Black Market International. He co-founded FOI in 2003 to test the National Arts Council’s loosening of its ten-year de facto ban on funding for performance art in Singapore.
AAA began the Lee Wen Archive in collaboration with NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; National Gallery Singapore later joined as a supporting collaborator. The digital archive will continually be updated with new material.
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