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Behind the Scenes: artists Heman Chong and Maria Loboda

19 Sep 2018, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II participating artists Heman Chong and Maria Loboda will discuss various facets of their practice based on their works in the exhibition. The artists will share their process, from the initial idea of the work through its development and installation, the way in which the context dictates aspects of display, to the challenges and variations the works undergo.

Moderated by Magdalena Magiera, Curator, Outreach & Education, NTU CCA Singapore



Heman Chong (Singapore) is an artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations, and writing. He has held solo exhibitions at Swiss Institute, New York (Legal Bookshop (Shanghai), 2018; Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong (Abstracts from the Straits Times, 2018); Calle Wright, Manila (Never is a Promise, 2018); 72-13, Singapore (Because, the Night, 2017); Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (Ifs, Ands, Or Buts, 2016); South London Gallery (An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories, 2015); Art Sonje Center, Seoul (Never, A Dull Moment, 2015); P!, New York (Correspondence(s), 2014); FOST Gallery, Singapore (Of Indeterminate Time Or Occurrence, 2014); Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London (Interview(s), 2012); NUS Museum, Singapore (Calendars (2020-2096), 2011); and Art in General, New York (Common People and other Stories, 2007). He is the Co-director and Founder (with Renée Staal) of The Library of Unread Books which was installed at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila; Casco Art Institute, Utrecht; and Kunstverein, Milan. Chong is currently working on the novel The Book of Drafts to be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019. He was an NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence from September 2016 to February 2017.

Maria Loboda (Poland/Germany) creates puzzling and enigmatic spaces that lead deep into layers of rich historical narratives, referring to current affairs. In her artistic approach she pursues the antagonism between form and content: the artist underlines the poetic effect of her sculptures and spatial installations with sober aesthetics and an economy of means. She channels historical and philosophical research into formal equations of language and materiality, examining how they act and interact, and what they can express beyond their common readings. Loboda graduated from the Städelschule in Frankfurt under the class of renowned British artist Mark Leckey, recognised for his collage art, music, and videos. Recent solo shows include Kunsthalle Basel; IAC Villeurbanne, Lyon; CAC Vilnius; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; and Vulcano Extravaganza, Stromboli. She has also exhibited at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Kunstverein Braunschweig; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris; among others. Loboda will have solo exhibitions at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in November 2018, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; and Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, in 2019.

Magdalena Magiera (Germany/Singapore) is Curator, Outreach & Education at NTU CCA Singapore. She was an independent curator, Managing Editor of frieze d/e, and currently Editor of mono.kultur, a quarterly interview magazine. She co-curated Based in Berlin (2011) as well as exhibitions for The Building and SPLACE in Berlin. Magiera was Project Manager of The Maybe Education and Other Programs at dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel (2012) and UNITEDNATIONSPLAZA, Berlin (2006–08). Prior to joining NTU CCA Singapore, she worked for e-flux exhibitions and public programmes in New York City.


A public programme of Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.

Image caption: Heman Chong, A Short Story About Geometry, 2009, durational performance involving a short story. Courtesy the artist and FOST Gallery.