Cast But One Shadow: Afro-Southeast Asian Affinities

Cast But One Shadow

24 September 2021 - 15 January 2022



𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐰 is the second exhibition of a long-term and iterative research project by Kathleen Ditzig and Carlos Quijon, Jr. that situates Southeast Asia as a compelling coordinate to review the continued resonances of global solidarities. Developed in partnership with KONNECT ASEAN, an ASEAN Foundation arts program funded by the Republic of Korea, this three-year project focuses on Afro-Southeast Asian affinities that emerged from decolonization projects during the Cold War.



𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗟𝗲𝘀𝗹𝗲𝘆-𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗼, 𝗙𝘆𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗮, 𝗝𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗗𝘆, 𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗶 𝗵𝗮𝘆𝗸𝗮𝗹, 𝗔𝗿𝗶𝗸𝗼 𝗜𝗸𝗲𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮, 𝗧𝘂𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘄 𝗡𝗴𝘂𝘆𝗲𝗻, 𝗘𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗡𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮, 𝗔𝗵𝗺𝗮𝗱 𝗙𝘂𝗮𝗱 𝗢𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗻, 𝗦𝗶𝗺 𝗖𝗵𝗶 𝗬𝗶𝗻, 𝗦𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗵 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗼𝗿, 𝗜𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗮 𝗧𝗼𝗻𝗴, 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗼𝗻𝗴, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗬𝗲𝗲 𝗜-𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗻



𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐰 pursues the thematic threads of racial presence, anti-colonial struggle, and the interventive ways of navigating colonial and neocolonial relations through Southeast Asia. The title of the exhibition is adapted from a 1962 novella authored by Han Suyin, a Eurasian physician, novelist, and public intellectual with Chinese and Belgian parentage. It was one of the last books she published while living in Malaya, two years before she left the country in the wake of controversies involving her opposition to the merger of Singapore with the rest of the Malayan states into the Federation of Malaysia. The exhibition focuses on the complex regional historical milieu that Han worked in as an important source of illumination in the history of archipelagic Southeast Asia and the discourses around decolonial affinities.

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Virtual Opening Video

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Installation Photos

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Video Excerpts Playlist

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