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Foreign Affairs #171

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2018

Uv print on unprimed canvas

Unique Work

Dimensions: 200cm (H) x 130cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 78.7" (H) x 51.2" (W) x 1.5" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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Foreign Affairs is a series of photographs of embassy backdoors. The artist began photographing these backdoors while on vacation. He would later return to this brief moment and examine the image(s) by systematically repeating them.

As a literal and cumulative representation of embassy backdoors, each image of a backdoor can be read as infrastructural. The image makes apparent the very form of the non-descript embassy backdoor and its component parts, such as the lone face of a strategically positioned surveillance camera. These backdoors are the threshold of the exceptional space of the embassy, a physical manifestation of a concept as immaterial as the mutual acknowledgement between two states of their respective sovereignty and legitimacy, and the exceptional powers that come with this conceit.

Foreign Affairs are presented as curtains or as canvas paintings, literal thresholds between spaces that can conceal or reveal.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1977

Hometown: Singapore

Based in: Singapore

Heman Chong is an artist, curator and writer. He received his M.A in Communication Art & Design from The Royal College of Art, London in 2002. His conceptually-charged investigations into how individuals and communities imagine the future generates a multiplicity of objects, images, installations, situations and texts.

In 2006, he produced a writing workshop with Leif Magne Tangen at Project Arts Center in Dublin where they co-authored "PHILIP", a science fiction novel, with Mark Aerial Waller, Cosmin Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt and Steve Rushton.

The artist has developed solo exhibitions at FOST (Singapore), Michael Janssen (Singapore), The Reading Room (Bangkok), Future Perfect (Singapore), Wilkinson (London), Rossi & Rossi (London/Hong Kong), SOTA Gallery (Singapore), NUS Museum (Singapore), Kunstverein Milano (Milan), Motive Gallery (Amsterdam), Hermes Third Floor (Singapore), Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou), Art In General (New York), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam), The Substation (Singapore), Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin).

His work has also been shown extensively in group exhibitions including De Appel Arts Centre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sharjah Art Foundation, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Kumho Museum of Art, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Kroeller-Muller Museum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Nam June Paik Art Center, Gertrude Contemporary, Arnolfini, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Hamburger Bahnhof, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Kadist Art Foundation, Daejeon Museum of Art.

He has participated in numerous international biennales including 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014), Asia Pacific Triennale 7 (2012), Performa 11 (2011), Momentum 6 (2011), Manifesta 8 (2010), 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), SCAPE Christchurch Biennale (2006), Busan Biennale (2004), 10th India Triennale( 2000) and represented Singapore in the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

His work has been featured prominently in A Prior, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum International, ArtInfo, Art-iT, Art Lies, Frieze, LEAP, SITE and Visionaire.

Heman Chong is represented by Rossi & Rossi (London/HK), Vitamin Creative Space (Beijing/Guangzhou) and Wilkinson Gallery (London)


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