The seventh edition of Art Stage Singapore will return from the 12 to 15 January 2017 featuring more than 120 galleries from 27 countries.
The second Southeast Asia Forum, titled Net Present Value: Art, Capital, Futures, focuses on capitalism as its theme and directs attention to questions surrounding the values of art, imagination, and progress, and the price of doing business as usual amidst the changing dynamics of the international capitalist system.
The Southeast Asia Forum’s exhibition surveys impacts of economic development on governance, cultures, beliefs, social relations and daily life, focusing on the milieu of Southeast Asia, as countries race to establish their place in the league of global economies. Through the works of socially engaged artists, most of whom are from the region, the exhibition emphasizes the importance of cultivating alternative forms of capital and conditions for the evolution of societies in an increasingly complex global environment.
As part of the exhibition, Galerie Quynh artist Trong Gia Nguyen will present a three-channel HD video installation entitled Artists Commercials (Nouveau Ghetto). Artists Commercials are short spots of artists in their studios promoting themselves like real commercials, except that they deliver irreverent and sarcastic monologues written by the artist. Toeing the line between truth and fiction, they serve as a critique on the economy, art market, gallery system, identity and socio-political issues, and all else under the sun. Like the Renaissance biographer Georgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, this is Nguyen’s embellished account of his artist friends and contemporaries.