Singapore Biennale returns in October 2022 with a team of four Co-Artistic Directors

Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

2021/11/25 11:04



SINGAPORE, Nov. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --


Singapore Art Museum( ) announces the return

of the Singapore Biennale (SB2022)( )

for its seventh edition from 18 October 2022 to 19 March 2023. Helmed by four

Co-Artistic Directors from around the world, the team comprises Binna Choi from

South Korea/the Netherlands, Nida Ghouse from India, living in Germany, June

Yap from Singapore and Ala Younis from Jordan. These individuals have a strong

profile of engaging multi-disciplinary, participatory practices, activating

different sites and archives, and drawing relations between the historical and



The Co-Artistic Directors will reflect upon and revisit curatorial approaches

and collaborative forms of cultural production, generating renewed perspectives

and engaging emerging vocabularies that are of interest to the region.


Binna Choi is the director at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons,

Utrecht. She employs art and art institutional practice as a way to imagine

another world in tandem with social movement, having conceived and developed

several long-term, interdisciplinary and collaborative artistic research


Nida Ghouse is a writer and curator whose projects span mediums and

disciplines, experimenting with ways of engaging artistic practices, in

relation to activating materials and sites. Her collaborative approach brought

about projects that take shape in a variety of forms, building upon one another

and developed over a long period of time.  

June Yap is Director of Curatorial & Collections at SAM. With a deep knowledge

of Southeast Asian contemporary art practices and discourse, Yap has been

involved in major projects in the regional and international art circuit,

presenting perspectives of the region relating to global discourses.  

Ala Younis works deeply with archives, different materials and forms to address

contemporary situations through the lens of historical phenomena. As an artist

and curator, her work explores the impact and influence of representations on

society and individuals across times and geographies.

Committed to the functions and potentials of contemporary art in and after

pandemic time, the Co-Artistic Directors posit the Biennale as a presence

through which art, and that which is considered other to art, may be deeply

connected to life. Coming from distinctive practices and cultures, the team

endeavours to engender forms of curatorial and artistic collectivity.


The Co-Artistic Directors share, "While the Southeast Asia region remains the

Singapore Biennale's immediate context, this edition will journey through

unfamiliar terrains and beyond geography itself. In an attempt to apprehend and

grapple with questions pressing for humanity, the Biennale will conceive ways

in which to relate to a public without relying on spectacle. Turning away from

the conventional preoccupation with the visual, it will dwell instead on

interiority, gather around other senses and sensibilities. Artists, curators,

researchers and publics will be invited to imagine the possibilities of a

biennale, of art and life, and of being."


The Singapore Biennale is a platform for international contemporary art

organised by SAM and commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore( ). Further details will be revealed in 2022.

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Source: Singapore Art Museum (SAM)