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Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors opens tomorrow

October 27, 2016 - February 2017. Singapore

The fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale 2016 opens tomorrow (27 October) and will run till 26 February 2017. It is titled An Atlas of Mirrors and is organised by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).

Harumi Yukutake, Paracosmos, 2016 Glass mirrors Site specific installation

Harumi Yukutake, Paracosmos, 2016 Glass mirrors Site specific installation

The fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale 2016 opens  tomorrow (27 October) and will run till 26 February 2017. It is titled An Atlas of Mirrors  and is organised by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM). The Biennale will be hosted in seven venues which include SAM, SAM at 8Q, Asian Civilisation Museum, National Museum Singapore, The Peranakan Museum,SMU De Suanto Gallery, The Arts House and the Stamford Green. It features contemporary artworks by 63 artists and art collectives from 19 countries in South, East and Southeast Asia and has been curated by a team of nine curators and a creative director (Dr. Susie Lingham).

The exhibition has been divided into nine sub -themes. Broadly, these cover nine conceptual zones into which the 58 artworks have been categorised. The zones are:

  • Space
  • Time
  • Memory
  • Nature
  • Boundaries
  • Agency
  • Identity
  • Displacement
  • Absence

Artitute had the privilege of getting a first look at the artworks. Here are some of the highlights from SAM and SAM at 8Q:

Lim Soo Ngee, Inscription of the Island, 2016 Copper alloys with patina treatment 250 × 500 × 300 cm Collection of the Artist Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

Lim Soo Ngee, Inscription of the Island, 2016 Copper alloys with patina treatment 250 × 500 × 300 cm Collection of the Artist Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

 

Dex Fernandez, I Wander, I Wonder, 2016 Acrylic paint Site-specifi c installation, dimensions variable Collection of the Artist Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

Dex Fernandez, I Wander, I Wonder, 2016 Acrylic paint Site-specific installation, dimensions variable Collection of the Artist Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

 

Hemali Bhuta, Growing, 2016 Incense sticks, monofi lament threads, metal weights, tape, staple pins and hooks.

Hemali Bhuta, Growing, 2016 Incense sticks, monofilament threads, metal weights, tape, staple pins and hooks.

 

Deng Guoyuan, Noah’s Garden II, 2016 Aluminium alloy steel frame, mirror glass, LED lighting, real and artificial plants and rocks.

Deng Guoyuan, Noah’s Garden II, 2016 Aluminium alloy steel frame, mirror glass, LED lighting, real and artificial plants and rocks.

 

Eddy Susanto, The Journey of Panji, 2016 Ink on canvas, acrylic and wood

Eddy Susanto, The Journey of Panji, 2016, Ink on canvas, acrylic and wood.

 

Chia Chuyia, Knitting the Future, 2015, 2016 Performance with knitting needles and leeks. Image courtesy the author.

Chia Chuyia, Knitting the Future, 2015, 2016 Performance with knitting needles and leeks. Image courtesy the author.

 

Titarubi, History Repeats Itself, 2016 Gold-plated nutmeg, copper-plated wood, nickle-plated wood, burnt wood, sampan, wood, aluminium, copper, soil, light and nutmeg perfume. Image courtesy author

Titarubi, History Repeats Itself, 2016 Gold-plated nutmeg, copper-plated wood, nickle-plated wood, burnt wood, sampan, wood, aluminium, copper, soil, light and nutmeg perfume. Image courtesy author

 

Qiu Zhijie, One Has to Wander through All the Outer Worlds to Reach the Innermost Shrine at the End, 2016 Ink on paper, glass and stone

Qiu Zhijie, One Has to Wander through All the Outer Worlds to Reach the Innermost Shrine at the End, 2016 Ink on paper, glass and stone. Image courtesy author.

 

Htien Lin, Soap Blocked, 2016 Carved soap, books and poster. Image courtesy author.

Htien Lin, Soap Blocked, 2016 Carved soap, books and poster. Image courtesy author.

 

Adeela Suleman, Dread of Not Night 9, 2016, Hand-carved wood, found vintage ceramic plates with enamel paint, hardener and lacquer

Adeela Suleman, Dread of Not Night 9, 2016, Hand-carved wood, found vintage ceramic plates with enamel paint, hardener and lacquer.

The Biennale opens to the public on October 27, 2016 and runs through Feb 2017. More information on opening programmes and events can be found @: www.singaporebiennale.org

 

All images courtesy of Singapore Art Museum except where mentioned.   

 

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About Durriya Dohadwala (31 Articles)
Durriya Dohadwala is an independent writer on contemporary Asian art and culture. She is also a docent and enjoys facilitating the decoding of contemporary Asian art.