Art Stage Singapore, Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, will feature 170 galleries from 33 countries and 30 global cities. The Fair’s sixth edition continues to be innovative in market development by matchmaking segmented regional markets and encouraging dialogues about contemporary art. Through its latest program, Art Stage Singapore references the Roman forum or the agora of ancient Greece, thus positioning the Fair as an intersection that facilitates not merely the exchange of art, but also of ideas.
In its 2016 edition, Art Stage Singapore will introduce the Southeast Asia Forum, a thematic program that draws attention to contemporary art’s significant place in the blueprint of modern society and the central role the artist plays in the context of Southeast Asia.
Tiffany Chung’s ‘an archaeology project for future remembrance’ (2013) will be prominently featured in the Forum exhibition. Reflecting on Thu Thiem, the 657-hectare master-planned new urban area in Ho Chi Minh City, Chung’s ambitious project “sifts through the rubble of development to recapture voices and social spaces which have been rendered invisible by the transformation of a city.” – Erik Harms
For Art Stage Singapore, Truc-Anh has conceived a methodically chaotic and dense installation of over 80 works on paper. Titled Ink Kingdom, the project began in 2015 with 250 works exhibited in Paris and Roosendaal. Only complete when the series reaches 888 works, Ink Kingdom exists as a realm of infinite possibilities and variations of how images are perceived. Interpreting moments in the history of representation (from art history and world history to Hollywood and pop culture, to religion and politics), Truc-Anh culls from a global history to create images that resist established narratives. Beautiful, grotesque, enigmatic and disquieting, Truc-Anh’s works reflect the staying power of image making in our increasingly hi-tech world.