Down the Grand Canal | Singapore at the Venice Biennale with June Yap

Ho Tzu Nyen, The Cloud of Unknowing, 2011,
Installation with single-channel HD projection, multi-channel,
audio, lighting, smoke machines and show control system.

Date: 3 February 2012
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: NUS Museum

The Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, presenting The Cloud of Unknowing by Ho Tzu Nyen, is Singapore's 6th participation at the international exhibition. Down the Grand Canal: Singapore at the Venice Biennale looks at the history of Singapore's participation at what is considered one of the most significant biennales internationally. Generally spoken of in terms of national representation, the discussion focuses on the issues, anxieties, implications and expectations in imagining and representing art practices and developments from Singapore.

June Yap is an independent curator based in Singapore. Focusing on contemporary art practice, selected curatorial projects include the Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale with artist Ho Tzu Nyen for the exhibition The Cloud of Unknowing (Italy), the video programme You and I, We’ve Never Been So Far Apart: Works from Asia for VideoZone5 for the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv (Israel), The Future of Exhibition: It Feels Like I’ve Been Here Before at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Singapore), Das Paradies ist Anderswo / Paradise is Elsewhere at Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) Stuttgart and Berlin galleries (Germany), Some Rooms (co-curator) with Osage (Hong Kong), Bound for Glory, an exhibition of works by Wong Hoy Cheong at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Museum, and MATAHATI - For Your Pleasure with Galeri Petronas (Malaysia).

About Curating Nation
In recent years, the idea of the nation has been studied not merely as a site of economic, political or geographic persuasions but also as a cultural object of analysis. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Camping and Tramping Through the Colonial Archive | The Museum in Malaya, this talk series brings together leading practitioners from Southeast Asia in an attempt at discerning the complexities involved in curating aspects of the nation within museological or gallery settings. Ranging from the deployment of exhibitions as a mode of cultural production, to the play of cosmopolitan identities at international biennales, Curating Nation is conceived as a platform for the interdisciplinary discussion of memory, object and practice.

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