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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Home-grown art fair with regional focus Related Press Home-grown art fair with regional focus The Straits Times : 10 October 2018

A new home-grown boutique art fair called S.E.A. Focus will be held in January. Open to the public from Jan 24 to 27 at Gillman Barracks, it will feature about 25 local and international galleries and focus on modern and contemporary South-east Asian art.Organised by Singapore's STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, it will take place in a...

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Will the Real Singapore Arts Scene Please Stand Up? Related Press Will the Real Singapore Arts Scene Please Stand Up? Plural Art : 28 July 2018

Much has been said about the Singapore visual art scene in recent weeks.Depending on which media outlet one might be reading, the country seems to be lurching from being a much-lauded hub to one of abject 'stagnation.' Sometimes, 'ground is lost to Hong Kong,' and other times, it is a leaky bog of a landscape which requires emergency...

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Singapore to get two new art fairs – can Art SG and SEA Focus succeed where others have failed? Related Press Singapore to get two new art fairs – can Art SG and SEA Focus succeed where others have failed? South China Morning Post : 26 July 2018

Will Singapore's art market get its 'Hong Kong moment' next year? The city's art community hopes so. It wants to replicate Hong Kong's success following an announcement that the co-founders of Art HK are to launch a Singapore art fair along with Art Basel's owner, Switzerland's MCH Group.It is a partnership with a formidable track record, so it is...

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MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS: DINH Q. LÊ Related Press MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS: DINH Q. LÊ ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

In his solo exhibition at Singapore's STPI—Creative Workshop & Gallery, titled Monuments and Memorials, multidisciplinary artist Dinh Q. Lê pursued the cultural and political trajectories of Cambodia through distinct moments in its history, interweaving lovely imagery of stone friezes from the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex with stark...

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Singapore Art Week Related Press Singapore Art Week art agenda : 23 February 2018

Developed by the Singapore government in 2013 in an attempt to create hype around the fair Art Stage Singapore, Singapore Art Week (SAW) is a loose collection of events organized by museums, art spaces, and cultural producers. This year’s edition featured a series of festivals that turned the Civic District’s museums into glowing canvases for art...

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Singapore Art Week 2018 The East Gears Up For Top Art Event Related Press Singapore Art Week 2018 The East Gears Up For Top Art Event Artlyst : 13 January 2018

Singapore rolls out the welcome mat to lovers of international art for Singapore Art Week 2018. This vibrant visual art showcase takes place from 17-28 January.The 12-day celebration, now in its sixth year, stretches between venues across Singapore. Museums and galleries host some exciting events in precincts, and iconic destinations including the...

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“Of Fragments and Impressions”: Filipino artists Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan at STPI, Singapore Related Press “Of Fragments and Impressions”: Filipino artists Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan at STPI, Singapore Art Radar : 27 October 2017

Brisbane- and Manila-based artist couple, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, have travelled to many parts of the world. The installation artists often work closely with the communities they enter, creating site-specific artworks that explore themes of home, longing and loss. "It is always a collective effort," says Isabel Aquilizan. As their...

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“Beating a rainbow to death”: Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma – in conversation Related Press “Beating a rainbow to death”: Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma – in conversation Art Radar : 16 September 2017

Sharma recently presented a new body of video, sound and light installations for his solo exhibition Spectrum Version 2.2 at Sullivan+Strumpf, Singapore. Art Radar talks to the artist to find out more about his practice and his recent work. Sharma recently presented a new body of video, sound and light installations for his solo exhibition Spectrum...

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The Nature Museum THE INSTITUTE OF CRITICAL ZOOLOGISTS Related Press The Nature Museum THE INSTITUTE OF CRITICAL ZOOLOGISTS ArtAsiaPacific : 12 September 2017

Devised as a collaboration between artist Robert Zhao Renhui and playwright Joel Tan, the performance-lecture and exhibition The Nature Museum was a theatrical venture into museological waters. By adopting the roles of archivists of the Institute of Critical Zoologists, Zhao and Tan took their audience on an informal tour, encouraging one to drift...

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Ghosts and Spectres digs up the past Related Press Ghosts and Spectres digs up the past The Business Times : 8 September 2017

There are two sides to every story - so the old adage goes. The idea is that the truth value of a story can be a nebulous thing that depends on who is telling it. But at the same time, we are taught history as a matter of immovable fact. It is understood to be an official record of the key dates, significant places and pivotal people who have...

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A Matter of Perspective: 15 years of Singapore’s STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery – director interview Related Press A Matter of Perspective: 15 years of Singapore’s STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery – director interview Art Radar : 16 August 2017

Part of Singapore’s national Visual Arts Cluster of regional leading institutions alongside National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum, STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery was founded in 2002 and is celebrating 15 years in 2017. STPI is a dynamic creative workshop and contemporary art gallery, committed to the promotion of artistic...

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Solo show by British artist David Hockney challenges perspectives Related Press Solo show by British artist David Hockney challenges perspectives The Straits Times : 20 June 2017

A solo show of works by celebrated British artist David Hockney will open on July 1 at STPI Gallery. Titled David Hockney: A Matter Of Perspective, the exhibition will feature 36 prints, drawn mostly from the Singapore Art Museum's collection. It runs until Sept 9 and admission is free.Turning 80 next month, Hockney is often credited as being one...

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11 national pavilions and exhibition to see at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 Related Press 11 national pavilions and exhibition to see at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 Art Radar Journal : 23 May 2017

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play — United Arab EmiratesCurated by Hammad Nasar, commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the exhibition features existing, new commissions and re-fabrications of 'lost' works by five UAE-based artists. The show...

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Parlour tricks: four artists’ exquisite take on the surrealist game cadavre exquis Related Press Parlour tricks: four artists’ exquisite take on the surrealist game cadavre exquis Wallpaper* : 20 April 2017

Anyone who has ever played cadavre exquis (or, exquisite corpse), the surrealist's game in which one participant draws a head, covers the page, and another participant draws the body, covers the page, and so on, will realise just how surprising the resulting image can be. Imagine then what happens when four professional artists team up for a...

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At STPI Creative Workshop, four artists collaborate on an exhibition of 'Exquisite Trust' Related Press At STPI Creative Workshop, four artists collaborate on an exhibition of 'Exquisite Trust' designboom : 3 April 2017

Exquisite Trust (Blindly Collective Collaborations) is an exhibition taking place at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute from March 18th to April 22nd, 2017. a collaboration between four major international artists — Carsten Höller, Tobias Rehberger, Anri Sala and Rirkrit Tiravanija — the exhibition represents a joint undertaking on the part of...

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'Presence of Whiteness': Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore Related Press 'Presence of Whiteness': Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore Art Radar Journal : 14 March 2017

Running until 30 April 2017, the dual-space exhibition includes a series of over 20 coloured paintings created between 2012 and 2016 at Dempsey Hill, as well as painting, installation and text works spanning 50 years of Zhu Jinshi's career at the Gillman Barracks.

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Robert Zhao Renhui: 'The Bizarre Honour' at OH! Open House Related Press Robert Zhao Renhui: 'The Bizarre Honour' at OH! Open House ArtAsiaPacific : 24 February 2017

Wunderkammern, collections of natural specimens and rarities referred to as 'cabinets of curiosities,' first appeared in the 16th century and endure to this day. They not only sustain the pedagogical heart of most natural history museums, but also are conceptual fodder for many an artist.

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Highlights from the seventh edition of Art Stage Singapore Related Press Highlights from the seventh edition of Art Stage Singapore The National : 18 January 2017

‘Contemporary art is not a decoration, it is a statement. It is a wonderful ­seismograph of our societies and realities.'These words were part of the opening speech given last week by founder Lorenzo Rudolf at the seventh edition of Art Stage Singapore in the South-east Asian island city.Rudolf, from Switzerland, has made it his mission to...

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Art Stage Singapore puts the spotlight on Southeast Asia Related Press Art Stage Singapore puts the spotlight on Southeast Asia The Week : 10 January 2017

Since its first event in 2011, Art Stage Singapore has swiftly become Asia's leading contemporary art fair. Every January, thousands of art dealers, collectors, curators and art lovers gather at the Marina Bay Sands hotel to discover the very best in creative talent from south-east Asia and beyond.

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Robert Zhao Renhui and teamLab: Glass Rotunda at National Museum of Singapore Related Press Robert Zhao Renhui and teamLab: Glass Rotunda at National Museum of Singapore ArtAsiaPacific : 10 January 2017

The National Museum of Singapore (NMS)—the country’s oldest museum—has just reopened its Glass Rotunda to great fanfare following two years of renovations. The unveiling of the rotunda coincides with the launch of two new permanent exhibits in the museum’s Singapore History Gallery: Story of the Forest (2016) by Japanese collective teamLab, an...

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Performing in print Related Press Performing in print The Straits Times : 10 January 2017

Artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Amanda Heng has gone rebel at 65.Such a thought might cross one's mind when viewing her first solo show at leading print and paper institute STPI. The exhibition, We Are The World - These Are Our Stories, is dominated by a single new work comprising 24 prints. Of them, half are digitally rendered images that...

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Photo Gallery: 'Welcome to Birdhead World Again' at ShanghART, Singapore Related Press Photo Gallery: 'Welcome to Birdhead World Again' at ShanghART, Singapore Art Radar Journal : 1 January 2017

ShanghART in Singapore is holding Welcome to Birdhead World Again, a solo exhibition by Chinese photography duo Bird Head, including new works commissioned and mounted especially for the show.This exhibition is the result of the first in a series of Southeast Asia residencies made possible by ShanghART with the support of the National Arts Council...

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Indonesian artist Mangu Putra: 'Between History and the Quotidian' in Singapore – in conversation Related Press Indonesian artist Mangu Putra: 'Between History and the Quotidian' in Singapore – in conversation Art Radar Journal : 9 December 2016

Indonesian artist Mangu Putra has a series of recent paintings on display at Gajah Gallery in Singapore from 25 November to 11 December 2016. Entitled Mangu Putra – Between History and Quotidian, the exhibition examines archival footage of Dutch colonisation in Bali in the early to mid 1900s. Putra uses colonial photographs published by Dutch...

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'The world precedes the eye' at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore Related Press 'The world precedes the eye' at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore Art Radar Journal : 8 December 2016

Whereas the title An Atlas of Mirrors might bring to mind some sort of sleight of hand, the Singapore Biennale 2016 affiliate project The world precedes the eye at ICA Singapore seems, straightforwardly, to put forth the commonsensical notion that what we perceive is prior to our perceptions, having an existence which precedes our biases and...

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