Heman Chong

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Heman Chong is an artist, curator and writer who investigates how individuals and communities imagine the future, often weaving science fiction and narrative works into his art. The result is a diverse portfolio, ranging from objects, images, installations, situations and texts.

As one of the 5 participating artists in the BMW Young Asian Artists Series, Chong challenged the STPI team with a series of complex and dynamic silkscreen prints. Primarily a conceptual artist, Chong transposed a series of film noir titles onto paper, creating works that are reminiscent of Hard-Edge, Minimal and Op Art. Each print bears the title and director of the film, prompting viewers to visualise and connect memorable scenes from the movies to the prints by the suggestive power of the words and geometric images. All four films deal with the central concept of Totalitarianism, whereby bureaucracy imposed on individual lives leads to untenable situations.

Chong lives and works in New York and Singapore. He received his M.A in Communication Art & Design from The Royal College of Art, London in 2002. He has shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions, as well as participated in numerous international biennales, including 7th Asia Pacific Triennale (2012), Performa 11 (2011), Momentum 6 (2011), Manifesta 8 (2010), the 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), SCAPE Christchurch Biennale (2006), Busan Biennale (2004) and the 10th India Triennale (2000). He represented Singapore at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

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