Singapore Biennale 2022: five artworks in five different locations not to be missed
The Singapore Biennale is back, and with it comes artistic attractions in a wide range of genres including, but also beyond, visual arts. The artworks are set up across a network of sites in Singapore such as Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Yan Kit Playfield, Regional Libraries, and even off the mainland to Sentosa Cove, Lazarus Island, and St John’s Island.
To get you started (or keep you going), we’ve rounded up five artworks you can find in five different locations. No matter where you are in the city, know that you’re only a short bus, boat, or walk away from the next Biennale piece.
Singapore Art Museum (SAM) – Tanjong Pagar Distripark
A majority of the Biennale’s artworks are housed at SAM Tanjong Pagar Distripark, featuring work by artists from Singapore and the Southeast Asian region, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. The exhibition here spans two floors – levels one and five.
1. The Viscous Sea
If you’re looking for art that not only engages you through sight but also sound, look no further than Singapore artist Ong Kian Peng’s The Viscous Sea.
The multimedia installation explores climate change and humanity’s relationship with nature through the use of audio-visual experiences.
Bringing his research to the stage, Ong’s installation features materials gathered from his treks across various rivers and valleys connected to an ancient salt lake in Jordan during his time as an Artist-In-Residence in the country between May and July 2022.
Learn more about The Viscous Sea here.
2. The Sensing Salon: Reading with Echo
Created by philosopher, writer, and filmmaker Denise Ferreira da Silva and artist Valentina Desideri, The Sensing Salon: Reading with Echo invites visitors to explore how they find meaning in uncertainty.
The project employs aspects of tarot card reading, astrology, reiki (energy healing), and political therapy, and offers visitors the writings of American poet Ai Ogawa to inspire and encourage participation in an experiment of developing a new Tarot Deck.
Learn more about The Sensing Salon: Reading with Echo here.
Museums and galleries are traditionally located in the heart of the city, but in an effort to make art accessible to all, this year’s Biennale has expanded to the heartlands – through three of our regional libraries.
3. Islandwide Coverage and Prologue
Islandwide Coverage, a multi-site project by AWKNDAFFAR (Wayne Lim and Soh Kay Min), ruminates on the potential of getting lost amid the increasing mobility and conveniences that come with progress.
The project manifests in two forms: a hoarding featuring symbols and shapes that represent networks and connectivity, featuring works by Areumnari Ee, Extended Asia, ila and Ang Kia Yee, and Ranu Mukherjee, and an exhibition titled Prologue housing a series of trailers, photographs, and sketches of the presented works.
Prologue is a roving exhibition that will move across Singapore’s current regional libraries over the following dates:
- Woodlands Regional Library: 9 Nov-26 Dec
- Jurong Regional Library: 28 Dec- 26 Feb
- Tampines Regional Library: 1 Mar- 9 Apr
Learn more about Islandwide Coverage and Prologue here.
The Southern Islands
Art takes you places, and this certainly rings true with the exhibitions stationed beyond our mainland. Whether you’re familiar with our Southern Islands or haven’t set foot outside our city limits, the exhibitions held on the edges of our islands and a ferry ride away will make the journeys worth it.
4. KĪPUKA (Sentosa Cove)
Created by mother-son artists Maile Meyer and Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick from Hawaii, KĪPUKA is set within what looks like an ordinary shipping container. But inside its blue facade, visitors will discover various cultural materials drawn from the Hawaiian archipelago.
The artefacts are contributions from an intergenerational group of family, friends, and frequent collaborators, encompassing the Hawaiian spirit of kīpuka, which, among several meanings, refers to social-cultural spaces that breathe new life into Pacific Islander culture and traditions.
Learn more about KĪPUKA here.
5. Moving Earth, Crossing Water, Eating Soil (St John’s Island)
The brainchild of Singapore artist Zarina Muhammad, Moving Earth, Crossing Water, Eating Soil examines and challenges the hierarchies of knowledge systems while opening our minds to alternate methods in which knowledge may be accepted.
The installation pays tribute to the islands that have lost their original names, such as Pulau Sekijang Bendera, now known as St John’s Island, and unravels through nine archetypal points: The Guide, The Witness, The Wrathful Deity, The Pyramidal Cell, The Gate, The Peculiar Habitat, The Rotating Naga, The Talisman, and The Pragmatic Prayer.
With its audio, visual, and tactile components, this is one of the few installations that will offer visitors an experience that ignites all senses.
Learn more about Moving Earth, Crossing Water, Eating Soil here.
(Photos: Singapore Biennale 2022, Singapore Art Museum)