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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Susie Wong

Residency period

4 June – 30 November 2018


Susie Wong (b. 1956, Singapore) began her artistic practice in the late 1980s as a painter and art writer, later developing curatorial projects focused on collaboration and women’s issues. In recent years, her work has engaged with memory and loss, documentation and nostalgia through a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, and time-based installation. She participated to group exhibitions at The Substation, Singapore (2016, 2010, 2008), The Esplanade, Singapore (2015, 2013); and Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2012).



In the last decade, the artistic practice of Susie Wong unfurled as a prolonged reflection on the nature of memory and the symbolic layers embedded in different modes of representation. During her six-month residency, she is intent on examining the iconic status of certain typologies of images in order to understand how their meaning is affected by the circulation on the web and other modes of consumption. The artist engages with the tropes of romance through the lens of pop culture, from the cult film The World of Suzie Wong (1960) to contemporary East Asian dramas. The fabrication of feelings and the normalization of romance in the mass media is the subject of a series of works which, through subtle gestures of over-layering, inscription, and re-imagining, reflect on the universal currency of romantic clichés, the subtle traps of translation, and the entanglement of desire and exoticism in the representation of the “East.”

Residencies brochure (October – December 2018)
Residencies brochure (July – September 2018)