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Panel Discussion “Glimpses of Southeast Asia in Reverse Glass Paintings”

June 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Among the cultural treasures of Southeast Asia, reverse glass paintingsare still relatively unknown to the art community and the general public. The technique — where an image is painted onto glass to be viewed from the other side — originated in medieval Europe before spreading to India and China and then to selected countries in Southeast Asia through trade routes, but much still remain to be researched.

The panel to be held at SEA Junction on 16 June at 6PM aims to highlight the beauty and variety of glass paintings and advocate for greater interest and study of this precious and vulnerable art form. The presentations will discuss the different traditions of glass paintings in the region and explore what is known of their history and their socio-cultural as well as artistic and spiritual dimensions. More specifically the speakers and topics are as follows:

Introduction to Reverse Glass Paintings and their Possible Ways to Southeast Asia

Jérôme Samuel
National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations/INALCO

Looking Beyond the Glass
Catherine Raymond
Center for Burma Studies, North Illnois University

Reverse Glass Paintings in Vietnam
Vu Phuong Nga
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Searching the Surviving Reverse Glass Paintings and Artists in Myanmar
Tin Naing Win
University of Mandalay

Indonesia’s Glass Paintings
Rosalia Sciortino
Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University & SEA Junction

This panel for the general public complements a more academic panel that will be held on the same topic (but with different presentations) at the 3rd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archeology (SPAFACON2019) on 17 June (for more info see http://www.seameo-spafa.org/conference2019/)

Bouraq, East Java Indonesia (O’ong Maryono & Rosalia Sciortino Collection)

The event is free, but donations are most welcome to enable SEA Junction to continue its activities and keep events accessible to the public.

For information/reservation for our events please email southeastasiajunction@gmail.com or phone/wa: +66970024140


SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia 
SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/


June 16
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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