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The Venice Biennale is a prestigious international cultural exhibition. This year, 15 Southeast Asian artists are set to contribute to its 60th edition and showcase their talent at the exhibition "The Spirits Of Maritime Crossing". The exhibition will be held at Palazzo Smith Mangilli Valmarana which will open to the public after being closed for 12 years for this momentous event.

Organised by the Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation, "The Spirits Of Maritime Crossing" will open for viewing from April 20 to Nov 24. The exhibition, which showcases a constellation of artworks from Southeast Asia, reflects upon cultural flows and moving water as metaphors of unexplored ocean and territories. The 40 featured artworks range from paintings and sculptures to mixed media works and video installations. Curated by Prof Apinan Poshyananda, "The Spirits Of Maritime Crossing" highlights themes of displacement, diaspora, colonialism, and hybrids of diverse cultures across Southeast Asia with a particular emphasis on symbolism of water and maritime crossings.