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Michael Lee

Michael Lee

Born: 1972

Hometown: Singapore

Lives and Works: Singapore


Michael Lee is an artist, curator and publisher based in Berlin and Singapore. He researches urban memory and fiction, especially the contexts and implications of loss. He transforms his observations into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or texts.

He has staged solo exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong), Baba House (Singapore) and Alliance Francaise de Singapour (Singapore). He has participated in various biennales and other international platforms: Shenzhen Sculpture (2014); Kuandu (Taipei, 2012); Asia Triennial (Manchester, 2011); Chongqing (2011); Singapore (2011); Shanghai (2010); Guangzhou Triennial (2011, 2008); city_NET Asia (Seoul, 2007); Asian Traffic (Singapore, 2005), and World Expo (Aichi, 2005). His curatorial projects include Between, Beside, Beyond: Daniel Libeskind's Reflections and Key Works 1989-2014 (Singapore Art Museum, 2007), and his editorial projects include the series Corridors: Notes on the Contemporary (published by Studio Bibliothèque with various others, 2013-); Who Cares: 16 Essays on Curating in Asia (co-edited with Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, published by Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, 2010), and Preoccupations: Things Artists Do Anyway (co-edited with Cornelia Erdmann, published by laiyan projects and Studio Bibliothèque, Hong Kong, 2008).

His accolades include the APBF Signature Art Prize 2011 (People's Choice Award), conferred by the Singapore Art Museum; the Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) 2005, conferred by the National Arts Council, Singapore, and First Prize (co-awarded with Tan Chee Tat and William Phuan, Experimental category) in International Film & Video Association Film Award & Festival 1997. He received his Master and Bachelor of Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University in 2001 and 1997 respectively.

His works are held in public and private collections in Asia.


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