At the 4. Singapore Biennale 2013 IF THE WORLD CHANGED 27 curators showed 82 artists. SB2016 is much smaller: 10 curators choose so far 12 artists from Southeasth Asia, East and South Asia. Under the title ATLAS OF MIRRORS the biennale „will draw on diverse artistic viewpoints that trace the migratory and intertwining relationships within the region, and reflect on shared histories and current realities with East and South Asia.“ Ade Darmawan /Indonesia (director of ruangrupa, this year´s curators of SONSBEEK), Hemali Bhuta /India, Bui Cong Khanh /Vietnam, Chia Chuyia /Malaysia, Deng Guoyuan /China,
Patricia Perez Eustaquio /Philippines,
Sakarin Krue-On /Thailand, MAP Office /Hong Kong, Pala Pothupitiye/Sri Lanka, Melissa Tan /Singapore, Vertical Submarine/Singapore and Harumi Yukutake /Japan.
SB2016 Affiliate Projects
In August, another 9 artists were anounced: Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman from Malaysia, David Chan from Singapore, Eddy Susanto from Indonesia, Dex Fernandez from the Philippines, Munem Wasif from Bangladesh, Ni Youyu from China, Pannaphan Yotmani from Thailand, and Phasao Lao and Tcheu Siong from Laos.
On the whole, there will be 60 artists that will be presented at SB2016. Engaging with the wider visual arts community in Singapore, SB2016 will include a number of Affiliate Projects as part of its official programme. SB2016 Affliate Projects are organised and developed by other art institutions in dialogue with the SB curatorial team, and the projects respond closely to the Biennale title of An Atlas of Mirrors and its curatorial themes.The first Affiliate Projects confirmed for SB2016 are exhibitions by DECK and Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts (ICAS), which will be held in the same period as SB2016.
DECK, an independent art space dedicated to the art of photography in Singapore and Southeast Asia, will present two exhibitions in response to the SB2016 title – The Natural History of an Island by Robert Zhao Renhui and Hanging Heavy On My Eyes by Ang Song Nian. Both artists will explore how humans have altered, manipulated and intervened into landscapes and ’natural‘ spaces.
The world precedes the eye, presented by the ICA Singapore, will be curated by Ms. Bala Starr, Ms. Silke Schmickl and Ms. Melanie Pocock. The exhibition will feature works by artists based in Asia, responding to the overarching SB2016 question of how we picture the world and ourselves, through a material examination of contemporary art practice in Asia. Complementing The world precedes the eye is a solo project presentation, Black-hut by Boedi Widjaja, that will bring together architecture, modernism, memory and place. Please refer to Annex B for full details. (press release)