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Susan Acret

This issue of ART AsiaPacific focuses on current indigenous art practice in Timor, Irian Jaya, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, the Philippines, India, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The essays selected deliberately provoke questions about the definitions of 'contemporary', 'indigenous' and, indeed, 'art': they demonstrate that these terms are not static, but tend to shift depending on who is using them and how they are applied.1 When we speak about indigenous or first nation art, words such as first, true, authentic, natural, native and original come to mind. It is tempting to label…

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