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Acrylic on canvas
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.
"In 2019, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) closed for renovations. During Singapore’s 2020 Circuit Breaker, the museum turned the hoardings that covered
its construction into a commissioning space and approached Chong to develop an artwork specifically for this space. One of the two works that Chong developed
was Safe Entry (2020) – enlarged repetitive black and white QR codes that spanned the entire perimeter around SAM, and along Bras Basah Road.
While this artwork recalled the QR codes of the SafeEntry programme, it did not lead to the national registration system. Rather, it lead to an hour-long video of a walk that Chong took at Changi Airport Terminal 2 on YouTube as part of the series Ambient Walking.
Translating the QR Code onto the canvas, Chong’s Safe Entry paintings gesture at the corporeal nature of the SafeEntry programme as an invisible interface. Interacting with the painted surface becomes a way for us to touch the world captured in Chong’s video at a time when physical contact is advised against."
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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