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Nguyẽn Trinh Thi, Unsubtitled, 2010,video projections (color, various durations, sound) on wood, dimensions variable. From the Singapore Biennale 2013.

Singapore Biennale 2013

Singapore Art Museum | Various Venues

Nguyẽn Trinh Thi, Unsubtitled, 2010,video projections (color, various durations, sound) on wood, dimensions variable. From the Singapore Biennale 2013.

Countering the trend for big exhibitions to be as global as possible, the Fourth Singapore Biennale took the unusual step of restricting its curatorial reach to Southeast Asia, with a smattering of artists from South Korea, Japan, and Australia. The result was, as one gallerist put it, “a no-name biennial”—a show without the stars of the international circuit but ostensibly bearing fresh news. In addition, this biennial must have achieved some kind of a record by involving no fewer than twenty-seven curators from around the region without an artistic director to oversee them. They might have been better called “selectors” than curators in any case, given that the show was not organized according to curator, region, or thesis; the works were instead distributed across eight venues seemingly based on their suitability to the spaces.

“If the world changed” was the title and theme

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