Culture/Art: Portrait of a Nation (Dec 2015)
Singaporean artist WeiXin Chong is featured in Monocle's December 2015 Culture/Art video reportage on Singapore's thriving art scene as the nation celebrates its 50th year of independence.
Chong is an artist-in-residency at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (located in Gillman Barracks). She is using her time there to explore notions of nature and technology at odds in her world. The artist is interviewed in situ with her latest works on view.
Producer/reporter Gillian Dobias states: "Singapore is not used to letting people do whatever they want and thus it has been stuck with a moribund art scene. But the opening of the new National Gallery aims to change perceptions of the city-state both at home and abroad; Monocle takes a look at a fast-emerging art scene."
Chong graduated from the Royal College of Art, London with a MA Fine Art, Printmaking. In 2015, Chong was an Artist-in-Residence at Laboratori Artistici Nicoli and Studio Fitz-Carrara in Cararra, Italy. She has exhibited in START 2015 at Saatchi Gallery, London; The Third Print, TOTAL Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea and was a showcased artist at the Southeast Asian Platform at Art Stage Singapore 2015.
The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is a research centre of Nanyang Technological University located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries led by Founding Director Professor Ute Meta Bauer. The CCA takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining its three platforms: Exhibitions, Residencies and Research & Education. CCA Founding Director, Professor Ute Meta Bauer states, “Unique to the CCA Residencies programme is an emphasis on research and knowledge production complementing contemporary artistic production. This underlines CCA’s position as a young research centre and new gateway for accessing practices and discourses within Southeast Asia. The CCA Residencies programme feeds into our holistic approach of intertwining three platforms: exhibitions, residencies and research.”