According to Christie’s Auction House, Art from Southeast Asia has seen an explosive growth in interest among collectors. Yet, the art created in this fascinating region is far from unified in its form and conceptual ethos. What unifies them is that they are today extremely lucrative to the collector. Why? Is it merely a question of investors catching an upswing? Or is it about works of art bearing expressions of fascinating cultural themes? Each Southeast Asian country, from modern times on, has had to undergo great change and upheavals in social, spiritual and political terms. This programme investigates how each culture’s individual and shared histories, coupled with a booming art market, have influenced the region’s visual artists.