Singapore Artists Participate In The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art


Artists Participate In The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art


5 Dec 2009 – 5 April 2010

Two Singapore artists Cheo Chai Hiang and Ho Tzu Nyen will showcase their works at the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6) in Brisbane, Australia.


Widely regarded as one of the most influential international visual art exhibitions since its inception in 1993, the APT is the flagship international contemporary art event of the Queensland Art Gallery, and the only major series of exhibitions to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, including Australia. It is especially valued for its rigorous commitment to art and culture of Asia-Pacific region, and its dialogue between indigenous crafts and contemporary visual arts practices.


Featuring the works of more than 100 artists such as Tracy Moffatt, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Yang Shaobin and Lee Ang, from more than 25 countries, APT6 has a number of specific focuses and thematic links while considering recent shifts in contemporary art in communities that have not been represented in the APT before. It also consists of music and cinema components, and the Kids’ APT.


Participating artist Cheo is one of Singapore’s pioneers in contemporary art. His instruction pieces from the early 1970s are generally regarded as the first conceptual art works in the country, and his practice since then has consistently sought to question the forms and processes of art-making. Cheo’s work for APT6, Cash converter, comprises a series of text-based sculptures in a range of materials, from stainless steel to neon. The installation will visually reference signage found on the streets of Singapore, and will draw upon Chinese-language slogans, poetry and wordplay. The work toys with slogans and phrases that connect with cultural, social and financial changes in Singapore today, using language’s facility to capture the shifting nature of meaning and information.


Ho, who received the 2009 Young Artist Award, is a multimedia artist whose works range across filmmaking, painting, performance and writing. He recently participated in the Singapore Arts Festival 2009, and also exhibited at the inaugural Singapore Biennale in 2006. Ho is producing two new films for APT6; Zarathustra: A Film for Everyone and No One, draws on the writings of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche — which explores the potential of humankind to overcome their environment. H the happy robot is a modern fable about the nature of technology created for the Kids’ APT. Set in a future Singapore, the work will be presented within a specially created cardboard environment, inviting children into H’s world.


Cheo and Ho join fellow visual artists Amanda Heng, Lee Wen, Suzann Victor, Zai Kuning, S Chandrasekaran and Vincent Leow who had exhibited at the first three editions of the APT. Competition for Students


To further engage youthful arts audiences, one fortunate Singapore student will have the opportunity to attend APT6 through a competition organised by the Australian High Commission and Tourism Queensland. Students are invited to write about who they think is the most significant artist in Singapore, past or present, in less than 300 words. The winner will receive a special invitation to the opening reception for APT6, a return air ticket to Brisbane, and three nights accommodation. He/she will also get to take in Brisbane’s most iconic attractions and activities, fully sponsored.


Entries must be submitted online at The winner will be required to submit an article about his/her APT6 experience which will be subsequently published in Singapore. The closing date for submissions is 10 November 2009.


We invite you to publicise the participation of Singapore at this prestigious international arts event.


Please refer to the annexes for more details.


Annex A – About the APT

Annex B – Bios of Cheo Chai Hiang and Ho Tzu Nyen