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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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Singapore

Singapore Art Guide

Over the course of Singapore's independence since 1965, the city-state has cultivated a strong arts scene comprised of a range of museums, galleries, and independent art spaces, positioning is a top cultural destination in Southeast Asia.

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Approximately ten kilometres west of Singapore's Downtown Core is Gillman Barracks—an arts precinct situated in a former military barracks. The leafy enclave is home to 11 galleries—including Chan + Hori Contemporary, ShanghART, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, and Yavuz Gallery—that exhibit work by artists from Singapore and further afield. At the helm of Gillman Barracks is the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore). Directed by Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Singapore's extensive exhibition and public programme includes talks, workshops, and performances that contribute to Singapore's intellectual life and knowledge production—the Centre itself being tied to Nanyang Technological University.

Other than its rolling exhibitions, a number of popular arts events take place at Gillman Barracks throughout the year, including Art After Dark—a biannual open house event that sees pop-ups, performances, and live music accompany late-night exhibitions at the galleries. In 2019, the January edition of Art After Dark overlapped with the inaugural S.E.A. Focus—a showcase of Southeast modern and contemporary art by a selection of international and local galleries, hosted by STPI.

Established in 2002, STPI is located on the banks of the Singapore River, comprising a 400-square-metre gallery space, with workshops that support artistic projects in the mediums of print and paper. A non-profit organisation, STPI collaborates with artists from around the world, including Carsten Höller, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Ashley Bickerton, Aaron Curry, Sam Durant, and Heri Dono, to name but a few. STPI also runs a regular schedule of public programmes, including screenings, talks, and tours.

Beyond Gillman Barracks, other galleries in Singapore include Gajah Gallery, which is situated in a large industrial space in Tanjong Pagar—an historic district where visitors can find Maxwell Food Centre, home to the famed Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. Established in 1996, Gajah Gallery has held an important position in the development of the Southeast Asian arts scene, supporting artists from across the region such as Yunizar, Erizal As, and Handiwirman Saputra. The gallery also has a space in Yogyakarta, a dynamic arts hub of Indonesia.

Independent arts spaces in the city include Grey Projects and The Substation. The former is located in the bustling neighbourhood district of Tiong Bahru—one of Singapore's oldest public housing estates, known for its distinctive, white architecture. Focusing on design, writing, and curatorial research, this multidisciplinary project space hosts exhibitions by local and international artists, and conducts regular reading groups, talks, and residencies, many of which are conducted as exchanges with residency partners including Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea.

The Substation is one of Singapore's more subversive arts spaces, supporting experimental arts practices since its founding in 1990 by the late playwright Kuo Pao Kun. Each year, an overarching theme informs The Substation's programming. In past years, themes have included 'Cities change. People die. Everything you know goes away.​' (June 2018–April 2019)—'an exploration of ​how​ and ​why​ heritage is a political and emotional topic for the public.' The programming according to these themes is eclectic, from theatre to panels and exhibitions across The Substation's multi-use venue.

Ten minutes' walk away from The Substation is the National Gallery Singapore—the city's foremost arts institution, built in the former City Hall and Supreme Court. Opened in 2015, the Gallery holds the world's largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian modern art, some of which is visible across the 64,000-square-metre venue in exhibitions such as Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century, an impressive historical overview of the art history of Southeast Asia, containing over 300 artworks. Large-scale international exhibitions include Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. in 2019—an ambitious survey of Minimalism and its legacy in the 20th and 21st centuries across the globe.

Singapore Art Museum (SAM) accompanies National Gallery Singapore as the city's contemporary art museum. Since 2011, SAM has been commissioned by the National Arts Council to organise the Singapore Biennale, which was established in 2006 as a platform for dialogue around contemporary art. LASALLE College of the Arts' Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore joins SAM and NTU CCA Singapore at the forefront of institutional contemporary art exhibition and production. Like NTU CCA Singapore, the Institute is tied to one of Singapore's universities, placing it as another critically informed destination for the arts.


Current Exhibitions In Singapore

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Contemporary art exhibition, Khairullah Rahim, Gathering of Flocks at Yavuz Gallery, Singapore
28 March–16 April 2020 Khairullah Rahim Gathering of Flocks Yavuz Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Online Group Exhibition, Hier Encore "Just Yesterday" at Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
27 March–28 April 2020 Online Group Exhibition Hier Encore "Just Yesterday" Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Where the sidewalk ends: Curated by Deborah Lim at Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
22 February–26 April 2020 Group exhibition Where the sidewalk ends: Curated by Deborah Lim Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Genevieve Chua, Twofold at STPI, Singapore
22 February–19 April 2020 Genevieve Chua Twofold STPI, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Kim Jaeil, Visual and Perception at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
14 February–11 April 2020 Kim Jaeil Visual and Perception Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Zhao Renhui, The Lines We Draw at ShanghART, Singapore
15 January–15 April 2020 Robert Zhao Renhui The Lines We Draw ShanghART, Singapore

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Singapore In Ocula Magazine

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At Singapore Biennale, Artists Rework the World Ocula Report At Singapore Biennale, Artists Rework the World By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

The sixth edition of the Singapore Biennale, Every Step in the Right Direction , brings together works by 77 artists and artist collectives to consider how artistic practice can 'rework the world' while exploring how a biennial exhibition might facilitate such a reworking.

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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Singapore

Singapore Art Week returns from 11 to 19 January 2020 with a host of island-wide events, at the centre of which is the second edition of S.E.A. Focus (16–19 January 2020) at Gillman Barracks, showcasing the best of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

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Recent Events In Singapore

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Contemporary art exhibition, S.E.A Focus 2020 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
16–19 January S.E.A Focus 2020
Contemporary art exhibition, S.E.A. Focus 2019 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
24–27 January S.E.A. Focus 2019

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