Cultural Cooperation Project in Visual Arts RUN & LEARN: New Curatorial Constellations in four countries in Southeast Asia

The Japan Foundation organizes 14 individual art projects in nine cities in four Southeast Asian countries as the result of the curatorial development program, which has been carried out since the fiscal year 2013 as part of the cultural cooperation program in visual arts.

This program offered the curators' workshops in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand (February - June, 2014) and the invitation program to Japan (August - September, 2014) for the curators whose proposals were successfully selected at the preceding workshops. Based on the experience gained through the course of the program, 14 emerging curators from Southeast Asia and Japan elaborate their proposals to realize the projects in diverse formats such as exhibitions, performances, and screenings at their respective locations from December 2014 to February 2015.

「RUN & LEARN Projects & Art Guide」

Cover of RUN & LEARN Projects & Art Guide

This set of four books reports individual art projects which were carried out in four Southeast Asian countries as a result of this program, and also introduces the current art scene in Southeast Asia, which is in the midst of rapid change.
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Participating Curators


  • Maria Consuelo Garcia Cabrera (Lecturer, Fine Arts Department, Kalayaan College)
  • Andrick Caesar Perez Francisco (Consultant, Lopez Museum and Library)
  • Mervin Joseph Siervo Espina (Artistic Director, The Institute of Lower Learning [iLL])
  • Mayumi Hirano (Curator/Co-Founder, 98B COLLABoratory)


  • Ahmad Khairudin (Director, Hysteria)
  • Asep Topan Mulyono (Curator; Lecturer, Faculty of Fine Art, Jakarta Institute of the Arts)
  • Angga Wijaya (Curator, Serrum Gallery)
  • Sita Magfira (Project Officer, Jaringan Arsip Budaya Nusantara)


  • Harold Reagan Eswar (Architect Assistant, Kota Kinabalu City worker)
  • Lee Cheah Ni (Artist)
  • Ong Jo-Lene (Independent Curator)


  • Soifa Saenkhamkon (Independent Curator)
  • Kamonpond Wongcharoenchai (Independent Curator)
  • Naoko Horiuchi (Curator, Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT])

Individual Project Outlines

City Curated by Exhibition Title Date Venue
Manila Maria Consuelo Garcia Cabrera (Con Cabrera) WHITE NOISE December 2, 2014 - January 28, 2015

These 4 exhibitions are collectively referred to as "Forces at Work." 
Vargas Museum
Andrick Caesar Perez Francisco (Ricky Francisco) STILL
Mervin Joseph Siervo Espina (Merv Espina) HOLDINGS
Mayumi Hirano  The Lizard Says You’re a Liar!
City Curated by Exhibition Title Date Venue
Jakarta Asep Topan Mulyono Sidewalk Warfare January 30 - February 12, 2015
*Opening: January 29
The Japan Foundation Hall, Jakarta
Angga Wijaya The Shift: Imported Secondhand Clothing Project January 23 - February 5, 2015
*Opening: January 22
Awanama Art Habitat
Yogyakarta Sita Magfira Jinayah/Siyasah: Playing with Boundaries January 31 - February 5, 2015
*Opening: January 30
Tetangga Seniman
Kompleks Pusat Pondok Pesantren Al-Munawwir
Semarang Ahmad Khairudin Bok Cinta Project
(Tengok Bustaman 2)
Bustaman: January 31 - February 15, 2015
Grobak Art Kos: February 16 - 28, 2015
Kampung Bustaman;
Gerobak Art Kos / Hysteria
City Curated by Exhibition Title Date Venue
Kuala Lumpur Ong Jo-Lene Making Space: We Are Where We Aren't February 1 - 9, 2015
*Opening: January 31
Sekeping Sin Chew Kee
Penang Lee Cheah Ni Re:engage:The People's court January 25 - February 15, 2015 People's Court
Kota Kinabalu Harold Reagan Eswar Being MAPHILINDO February 7 - 22, 2015 Sabah Art Gallery
City Curated by Exhibition Title Date Venue
Bangkok Kamonpond Wongcharoenchai Turning Tweets Pulse February 4-10, 2015 Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Soifa Saenkhamkon the air of familiarity February 6-28, 2015 cloud
Chiang Mai Naoko Horiuchi  Shuffling Spaces February 8-15, 2015 Gallery Seescape
  • *The schedule is subject to change.


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