Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of the artists’ studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, research and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists conceive artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.
This edition of Residencies OPEN features book-related projects, video works as well as research materials and works-in-progress from Heman Chong (Singapore), Ho Rui An (Singapore), siren eun young jung (South Korea), Alice Miceli (Brazil), Thao-Nguyen Phan (Vietnam), and Jason Wee (Singapore).
Heman Chong, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-07
Ho Rui An, Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-03
siren eun young jung, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-05
Alice Miceli, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-06
Thao-Nguyen Phan, Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04
Jason Wee, Block 37 Malan Road, #01-01
Heman Chong (b. 1977, Malaysia/Singapore) is a Singaporean artist, writer, and curator whose practice develops across a variety of media. He often works as a facilitator of situations in which new narratives and forms of intellectual exchange are enacted to rethink conventional modes of sharing and transmitting knowledge. He has received solo exhibitions in institutions such as Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016); Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea (2015); and The Reading Room, Bangkok, Thailand (2013).
Ho Rui An (b. 1990, Singapore) is an artist and writer working at the intersection of art, cinema, performance, and theory. He is interested in the emergence, transmission, and disappearance of images within contexts of globalism and governance. Ho has presented his work in several international institutions such as Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia (2016); Hessel Museum of Art, New York, United States (2015); LUMA/Westbau, Zurich, Switzerland (2015); Para Site, Hong Kong (2015); Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2014); Serpentine Galleries, London, United Kingdom (2013), among others.
siren eun young jung (b. 1974, South Korea) has been investigating and challenging cultural expectations and gender constructs in Korean society through the lens of Yeosung Gukgeuk, a traditional type of Korean theatre that reached its peak of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. Working across a wide range of mediums such as films, photographs, performances, and installations, her works deeply engage the aging community of Yeosung Gukgeuk practitioners addressing issues of resistance, affect, and performativity. Her works have been included in numerous group exhibitions such as: Taipei Biennial 2016, Taiwan (2016); Discordant Harmony, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan (2015); and 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia (2015).
Thao-Nguyen Phan (b. 1987, Vietnam) creates provocative artworks that address historical and contemporary subjects through a combination of painting, video, performance, and installation. In her works, everyday experiences are traversed by a number of references to literature, history, philosophy, and theory . Recent exhibitions include Concept Context Contestation, Art and the Collective in South East Asia, Goethe Institut, Hanoi, Vietnam (2016); Haunted Thresholds: Spirituality in Contemporary Southeast Asia, Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany, (2014); Tâm Tã, Hanoi Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam (2014); and Unconditional Belief, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2011). Phan is also a member of the collective Art Labor.
Alice Miceli's (b. 1980, Brazil) artistic practice consists of formal experimentations, investigative travels, and archival researches. Charting the visual, physical, and cultural manifestations of trauma inflicted on social and natural landscapes, her projects question the representation of violence in different media. For Chernobyl Project, she developed a specific photographic process to document the exclusion zone around the site of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster. Her exhibition record includes the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia (2016); 17th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan (2014); São Paolo Biennale, Brazil (2010); Dense Local, TRANSITIO_MX, Mexico City, Mexico (2009).
Jason Wee (b. 1979, Singapore) lives and works in Singapore and New York. His practice is concerned with hollowing out singular authority in favour of polyphony. He transforms singular histories and spaces into various visual and written materials, with particular attention to architecture, idealism, and unexplored futures. Wee is the Founder and Director of Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library, and residency programme that focuses on emerging artists, experimental curatorial practices, new forms of writing, and design propositions. He is editor of the poetry journal Softblow.
Image credit: Residencies OPEN: Art Day Out!, Saturday, 12 November 2016, Residencies Studios. Tamara Weber (United States), Artist-in-Residence. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.