Here's what you can expect from the Singapore Biennale 2016

An Atlas of Mirrors

Here's what you can expect from the Singapore Biennale 2016
After Singapore Art Museum's announcement of the Singapore Biennale 2016 title, "An Atlas of Mirrors", we break down what to expect in October

When: 28 October 2016 to 26 February 2017.

Where: Singapore Art Museum (SAM) serves as the main location, along with other venues within the historic Bras Basah district.


Theme: "An Atlas of Mirrors", which reflect on how atlases and mirrors have been instrumental in navigation and exploration. While an atlas charts journeys, the mirror reflects on perspectives.

Geographical coverage: Southeast Asian viewpoints anchor the Biennale with highlights from East and South Asia as well. Expect artistic discussions on migratory and intertwining relationships, shared histories and current events involving these countries.

Artists: From around 60 artists, the initial lineup includes Ahmad Fuad Osman from Malaysia, Martha Atienza from the Philippines, Rathin Barman from India, Han Sai Por from Singapore, Nguyen Phuong Linh from Vietnam, Qiu Zhijie from China, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook from Thailand, Titarubi from Indonesia, Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu from Myanmar.

Portrait No. 1 Raden Saleh, Fyerool Darma

Singapore represent: Fyerool Darma, an emerging artist who uses painting as his medium. The LASALLE graduate's works explore narratives of the Malay Archipelago, which was seen in his solo debut last year, 'MOYANG', at Flaneur Gallery. You can also catch his works in 'SCOUT', a pop-up exhibition at Gillman Barracks as part of Singapore Art Week.

Singapore Biennale 2016's Curatorial team

Curatorial team: Currently a director of SAM, Dr. Susie Lingham will serve as creative director. Joining her are five SAM curators, as well as four associate curators from India, Malaysia, China and Singapore.

For more information on the Singapore Biennale 2016, click here.

Text: Adibah Isa

  • Image:
    Singapore Art Museum,
    Getty Images,
    Fyerool Darma
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