VIDEO : SUNSHOWER, Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1980s to Now

July 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

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I have always felt that not enough of art from Southeast Asia is seen and disseminated through the film medium in the greater regional and international circuits and have, in the past years, pressed for opportunities with editors in the international and regional media, but to no avail. There has simply been no appetite in the international media.

With SUNSHOWER, Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1980’s to Now, I thought I would have a go at actualising this vision of sharing art from Southeast Asia through film. You can say this is my first “video piece”.

Even at this length, I know I have not done the art and artists represented in the show justice. With 3 hours given by organisers for 180 works by 86 artists/groups in 2 separate venues, even with “guerrilla-style” shooting, I could only cover very few. It is not just about the art, it is about the society – its past, its present and its future. Thanks to Mella Jaarsma, Aditya Novali, Harsono FX, Yee I-Lann, Albert Yonathan, Jay Atienza for agreeing to be interviewed.

I hope that given a chance, you will go see the works for yourself. This is said to be one of the largest art exhibitions on contemporary art from Southeast Asia in history – closes October 23, 2017.


Patricia Chen

VIDEO : Art Basel Hong Kong & Art Central 2017

March 25, 2017 § 2 Comments

Spent 1.5 days in Hong Kong and put this together. Sharing impressions.  So much to see, so little time. #ArtBaselHK #ArtCentral

China’s Art Missionary available at Sheffield Doc/Fest Videotheque

April 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

The short film, China’s Art Missionary, has been selected for the Sheffield Doc/Fest Videotheque, accessible to industry delegates throughout the period of the festival and 90 days after. Sheffield Documentary Festival is UK’s biggest documentary festival and the third largest in the world.

China's Art Missionary, Patricia Chen, Uli Sigg, Chinese art, art collecting, asian art

e-Poster, China’s Art Missionary


April 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

The 24-Hour Art Practice AAP Apr:Mar15

“Tightening the Reins” (2015, March/ April). ArtAsiaPacific Issue 92. p.14. Courtesy of ArtAsiaPacific.



Special screening cum discussion in Hong Kong

February 26, 2015 § Leave a comment



The cancellation and postponement of public screenings in Singapore (Jan 23) and Indonesia (Feb 3) have been interesting episodes in the journey of this documentary film, The 24-Hour Art Practice. The circumstances that led to their cancellation/postponement very much reflect the state of interdependency of relationships and reveal the various dynamics that are at work within the Asian art scene — both visible and invisible.  This incidental “side show” says as much about Asia and its relationship with art than any film can illustrate.

I’m thankful to the Hong Kong Arts Centre for reiterating their strong support and desire to proceed with a special screening to the art world during the Art Basel period and to ArtAsiaPacific for moderating the post-screening discussion relating to private museums in Asia. I’m looking forward to the discourse in Hong Kong.

Thanks also to Singapore Tourism Board for their unstinting support throughout the entire process. Hope to be able to publicly screen it in Singapore soon.

It has been one hell of a ride, but I have discovered gems in the art world along the way. Thank you all for your support !! The show will go on. The interview I did with Darryl Wee from Art Info aptly describes the journey of filmmaking.

Special art world screening-cum-discussion
March 15, 4pm, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Strictly by registration only
(online registration will be available shortly)

Patricia Chen

Director & Producer, The 24-Hour Art Practice


January 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

The premiere of The 24-Hour Art Practice slated for 24 Jan, 2015 in Singapore and 3 February in Jakarta have been cancelled. Kindly watch this space for updates.

The 24 Hour Art Practice

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Available at Select Books: Uli Sigg In Conversation with Patricia Chen, Collecting Chinese Contemporary Art

October 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Uli Sigg In Conversation: Collecting Chinese Contemporary Art

Find out more : Uli Sigg In Conversation with Patricia Chen: Collecting Chinese Contemporary Art