Singapore Biennale

Singapore Biennial 2011

13 Mar - 15 May 2011

Singapore Biennale 2011
Open House
13 March - 15 May 2011

Curatorial Team: Matthew Ngui, Russell Storer and Trevor Smith

In Singapore, at Hari Raya, Deepavali and Chinese New Year, people open their homes to others, inviting them to visit, eat and talk. This is not only a gesture of hospitality and good will but also an opportunity to reflect, negotiate and exchange. The threshold between the private and the public is made permeable, if only for a moment, relaxing boundaries between individuals and barriers between groups.

Contemporary art often emerges out of a need to communicate across such thresholds of difference that may be experiential, psychological, or grounded in social and political hierarchies. As such, artists' practices are not simply about something in the world, they are real attempts to exchange information, translate experiences and even trade places. Borders may be guarded with force, yet artists find ways to embed themselves within such systems of control, turning unspoken desires toward unexpected ends. Sometimes artists displace or exchange objects, materials and information from one context to another, revealing unexpected connections between culturally divergent situations. The labour of constructing or deconstructing common objects and materials highlight the creative potential in seemingly mundane situations, suggesting fresh ways of seeing the world.

'Open House' examines these artistic processes and their links to the daily transactions that take place between people. From trading objects to swapping stories, from sharing food to dressing up, we are constantly making exchanges, as individuals, groups, cities and nations. In the world's busiest port, a multicultural city built on trade, 'Open House' brings together artworks that offer multiple perspectives and myriad creative approaches to questions of how we move across borders, see other points of view, and form connections with others.


Song-Ming Ang
Leonor Antunes
Michael Beutler
Candice Breitz
Genevieve Chua
Tiffany Chung
Phil Collins
Louie Cordero
Marcos Corrales
Martin Creed
Elmgreen & Dragset
Omer Fast
Ceal Floyer
Simon Fujiwara
Julian Göthe
Goto Design
Sheela Gowda
Kyungah Ham
Roslisham Ismail aka Ise
Teppei Kaneuji
Gülsün Karamustafa
Leopold Kessler
Koh Nguang How
Charles LaBelle
Michael Lee
Charles Lim
Michael Lin
John Low
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Robert MacPherson
Tala Madani
Jill Magid
Old Kallang
Dane Mitchell
Tracey Moffatt
Matt Mullican
Mike Nelson
Tatzu Nishi
Sopheap Pich
The Propeller Group
Rubén Ramos Balsa
Lisi Raskin
Navin Rawanchaikul
Stuart Ringholt
Liisa Roberts
Martha Rosler
Arin Rungjang
Mark Salvatus
Charles Sandison
Gigi Scaria
Shao Yinong and Muchen
Taryn Simon
Nedko Solakov
Beat Streuli
Shooshie Sulaiman
Tan Pin Pin
Ryan Trecartin
Danh Vo
Charlie White
Gosia Wlodarczak
Ming Wong
Zai Kuning


Tags: Leonor Antunes, Rubén Ramos Balsa, Michael Beutler, Candice Breitz, Tiffany Chung, Phil Collins, Louie Cordero, Martin Creed, Elmgreen & Dragset, Elmgreen&Dragset, Omer Fast, Ceal Floyer, Simon Fujiwara, Julian Göthe, Sheela Gowda, The Propeller Group, Kyungah Ham, Teppei Kaneuji, Gülsün Karamustafa, Leopold Kessler, Zai Kuning, Charles Labelle, H.H. Lim, Charles Lim, Michael Lin, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Tala Madani, Jill Magid, Li Ming, Dane Mitchell, Tracey Moffatt, Matt Mullican, Mike Nelson, Tatzu Nishi, Sopheap Pich, Lisi Raskin, Navin Rawanchaikul, Stuart Ringholt, Martha Rosler, Ruangrupa, Arin Rungjang, Charles Sandison, Gigi Scaria, Taryn Simon, Nedko Solakov, Beat Streuli, Shooshie Sulaiman, Superflex, Ryan Trecartin, Danh Vo, Charlie White, Ming Wong