CM Recipient Han Sai Por at the XI Triennale - India
A 1995 Cultural Medallion recipient, sculptor Han Sai Por will be Singapore’s flag bearer at the XI Triennale-India in New Delhi. She will present a new series of works entitled Bud, Leaf & Seed Series in brass and bronze. Tay Swee Lin, Artistic Director of Sculpture Square, is the curator of the showcase. Singapore’s participation at the Triennale is an initiative under the Singapore-India Memorandum of Understanding Cultural Executive Programme which facilitates mutual arts, heritage and cultural exchanges between the two countries.
Inaugurated in 1968 by the Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Arts), the Triennale is one of the most prestigious visual arts events in Asia, garnering participation of artists from around 40 countries world-wide. Participation in this event is by invitation only, with an objective of establishing exchanges between artists of participating countries. Cash prizes are also awarded to the 10 best works at the event which will be selected by an international jury of experts.
Han Sai Por is one of the most important modernist artists practising today and has been awarded numerous public commissions in Singapore. She has won much acclaim and recognition for her distinctive artistic style as a modernist sculptor working in stone, generally considered as the most demanding but aesthetically refined medium. In the new Bud, Leaf & Seed Series, Han has created these thin-walled forms with concave and convex lines that play with the positive and negative spaces that evolve when intertwined with light.
Through Han’s work, the National Arts Council hopes to present an impactful and fresh exhibition of three-dimensional works. The forms of Han’s work are inspired by nature and known for their sensuous curves and tactile quality, which would resonate with Indian art audiences and arts practitioners familiar with the relationship between art and nature as well as India’s cherished tradition of carving.
The Triennale is an important showcase for established artists in the modernist paradigm, such as Han, as opposed to contemporary works that are often showcased in most other events. Participation in the Triennale is one of the ways the Council presents opportunities to further develop and showcase established Singapore artists, and present a more diversified image of Singapore art to the international art community. Singapore’s presence at the Triennale also plays a vital role in underlining its commitment to building and maintaining cultural links with India.