Singapore Artists In Asian Art Biennale


Supported by the National Arts Council, artist collective Plastique Kinetic Worms will be presenting Vincent Leow, Ye Shufang, Cheong Kah Kit and Lim Shing Ee at the 11th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh.   


The Asian Art Biennale started on 4 January 1981 with the participation of Asian countries only. It has since expanded to assemble and display contemporary works of Asia, Africa and the Pacific region. Organised by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts of Bangladesh), the biennale will open in Dhaka on 15 January, featuring paintings, sculptures, graphics and mixed media over 18 days. 


There will also be a two-day seminar on 16 and 17 January themed Duality in Asian Art – The Ethnic and the Global. Vincent Leow will join curators and artists in discussing the impact of Asian cultures rooted in traditions interfaced with the West, and how this has engendered a distinctly-flavoured modern trend in the contemporary art of Asia. 


The National Arts Council is pleased to support Singapore’s artists in the 11th Asian Art Biennale. The Biennale provides a unique opportunity for Singapore to reach out to cultural platforms in the immediate Asian region, even as the Council continues to profile our artists in major international arts events further afield. 


Ms Goh Ching Lee, Director of Programmes and International Development Division at the National Arts Council, remarks “By presenting Singapore artists in international exhibitions and festivals, we hope to develop the capabilities of our artists and arts groups as they build their own networks and deepen their experience in international presentations and showcases. We hope that these experiences will enable our artists and arts groups to operate internationally and create ripples in the global arts community.”


Vincent Leow's Lovers' Plight consists of iconographies, images and urban myths intended to reflect the contemporary cultural environment. The work incorporates images that reveal absurdity and banality, blurred and confused by our perception of realities and fantasies from the media. Ye Shufang's Project: Small Sweets, is a series of magic-marker drawings of a variety of sweets in Singapore, with the ingredients of each sweet being spelt out.  Viewers who are interested to try any sweet can subsequently mail their name, contact and a small token to the artist, in exchange for the sweet to be mailed back to them. With this work, Ye hopes to examine if culture and taste can be reflected in a simple exchange of a small sweet. Count on Cord and Spinning Pin resulted from Lim Shing Ee's recurring interest in the idea of support systems within the context of daily life, human relationships, objects, living spaces etc. and their interdependence. The works act as general philosophic equations that attempt to cause an inquisitive journey of mapping the various forms of our mental processes of associations. Cheong Kah Kit's Perhaps Our Concept of Love is Not That Different After All is based on how communication can travel between places at the same time without one knowing and wondering how information and thoughts can communicate and affect oneself. 


Visuals are available upon request and more information is attached in the annexes as follows:

  • Annex A – Essay by Yvonne Lee, Curator
  • Annex B – Bio-data of Vincent Leow, Ye Shufang, Lim Shing Ee and Cheong Kah Kit