Singapore Biennale 2022 Singapore Biennale 2022

Singapore Biennale 2022


Singapore Biennale 2022. Natasha

The seventh edition of the Singapore Biennale (SB2022) is named Natasha. The act of naming serves as a prompt to artists, collaborators, and audiences to re-discover ways of seeing and relating to the world. Going to Natasha is to embrace the possibility of intimacy and spontaneity afforded by such recognition, as well as to reflect on the transformative potential within life and its relations — from self to others, from human to non-human, from living to non-living and vice versa, and beyond. The artists and collaborators thus become ‘fellow travellers’ in the journey of Natasha, expressed through artistic imagination and research. Featuring over 50 artists and collaborators embarking on a collective journey with Natasha, Singapore Biennale 2022 will take place from 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023.

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about Singapore Biennale

The Singapore Biennale was established in 2006 as the country’s pre-eminent platform for international dialogue in contemporary art. It presents and reflects the vigour of artistic practices in Singapore and the region within a global context, and fosters productive collaborations and deep engagement with artists, arts organisations, and the international arts community.

The Singapore Biennale cultivates public engagement with contemporary art through a period of concerted activities including exhibitions, public engagement and education programmes that feature artist and curator talks and tours, school visits and workshops, and community days. It complements achievements in other areas of arts and culture, collectively enhancing Singapore’s international profile as a vibrant city in which to live, work and play.

The 2006 and 2008 editions of the Biennale were organised by the National Arts Council (NAC). NAC has commissioned SAM to organise the Biennale since 2011.

about the co-artistic directors


Ala Younis is an artist with research, curatorial, film, and publishing projects. She is co-Head of Berlinale’s Forum Expanded, member of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne, and co-founder of the independent publishing initiative, Kayfa ta. She co-initiated and codirected a national group for researching and developing cultural policy in Jordan (2012–18). Younis seeks instances where historical and political events collapse into personal ones. Her artworks were featured in major exhibitions, including solo shows in New York, Seville, London, Prague, Cairo, Amman, Sharjah, and Dubai, and in the Istanbul, Gwangju, Orléans and Ural biennales. Her project Plan for Greater Baghdad (2015) premiered at All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale.

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Nida Ghouse is a writer and curator. She is Visiting Lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton University for Spring 2022. With Vic Brooks, she received the 2021 Andy Warhol Foundation curatorial fellowship for the exhibition Shifting Center at EMPAC, upcoming in 2023. She curated A Slightly Curving Place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2020), in the framework of An Archaeology of Sound, a collaborative project responding to the acoustic archaeologist Umashankar Manthravadi. The project travels to Alserkal Arts Foundation (2021-22) and encompasses ‘Coming to Know', a discursive programme with Brooke Holmes; ‘A Supplementary Country Called Cinema,’ a film programme with Surabhi Sharma; and An Archaeology of listening, a publication series with Archive Books. She previously co-curated La presencia del sonido at Botín Foundation (2012), was part of the exhibition Anarchéologie at Centre Pompidou (2017) and has a collection of writing on listening. Ghouse has co-curated Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (2017) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and co-edited its accompanying publication (Sternberg Press, 2021).

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Binna Choi is the Director at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, Utrecht since 2008, where she engages with both its artistic programming and the organisational cultural practice as part of the curatorial. This practice follows the path marked by mostly longterm, trans-disciplinary, and collaborative projects like Composing the Commons (2013–16) with the extended team of Casco consisting project-exhibitions such as Site for Unlearning (Art Organization) (2014–18) with Annette Krauss, We Are the Time Machines: Time and Tools for Commoning (2016), and New Habits (2014) with commissions for new works, research groups, publishing and networks like Arts Collaboratory and Cluster, and The Grand Domestic Revolution (2010–12) with Maiko Tanaka, Yolande van der Heide and many others. The latest programmes under her directorship and co-curatorship include Parasite Lottery by Wok the Rock, The Library of Unread Books by Heman Chong and Rene Staal, Army of Love by Ingo Niermann and Dora Garcia, four solo exhibitions in one (Babi Badalov, Ansuya Blom, Ama Josephine Budge, Mire Lee), Het is of de stenen spreken (silence is a commons). Longterm, collective projects such as Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills with the Outsiders, Unmapping Eurasia with You Mi, and the annual Assembly for commoning art institutions, and the infrastructural project under development with Yin Aiwen, are amongst the ways to de/re instituting at Casco in light of the commons./p>

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June Yap is the Director of Curatorial & Collections at Singapore Art Museum, where she oversees the museum’s exhibitions and curatorial programmes. Her prior roles include Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator (South and Southeast Asia), Deputy Director and Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE, and curator at the Singapore Art Museum. Amongst exhibitions she has curated are: The Gift for Singapore Art Museum presented at National Gallery Singapore (2021) as part of the transregional curatorial collaboration, Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories; They Do Not Understand Each Other co-curated with Yuka Uematsu from National Museum of Art, Osaka, at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2020); No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013), Asia Society, Hong Kong (2013) and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2014); The Cloud of Unknowing for the Singapore Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale with artist Ho Tzu Nyen (2011); The Future of Exhibition: It Feels Like I’ve Been Here Before at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE (2010); Paradise is Elsewhere at Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart and Berlin (2009); media art exhibitions Twilight Tomorrow and Interrupt at the Singapore Art Museum (2004 and 2003, respectively).

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public programmes

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Verve: Finding Natasha | Youth Take Over Sam
Verve: Finding Natasha | Youth Take Over

Date: Sat & Sun, 3 & 4 Dec 2022

Time: 1PM – 7PM

Venue: SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

Free, for SB2022 ticket holders

Admission to the Singapore Biennale is free for students with a valid student pass.


Drop by SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark to experience exciting programmes developed by youths for youths!


In this edition of Youths Take Over, experience fresh and spirited perspectives on the life and persona of Natasha, the name of Singapore Biennale 2022.


Fuel your creativity at this two-day arts festival organised by Arts Business Management students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, where you can watch performances, visit ongoing exhibitions and make your own crafts!


Verve is an annual arts festival initiated by students from the Diploma in Arts Business Management programme at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.



Storytime with SAM Sam
[STORYTELLING] Storytime with SAM: Sengkang Snoopers #3 The Riddle of the Coral Isle ft Kiran Shah

Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2022

Time: 2PM – 3PM, 4PM – 5PM

Venue: The Main Deck, Level 3, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

Free, by registration


Join this fun and engaging storytelling session inspired by the book The Riddle of the Coral Isle written by Tan Tarn How, specially commissioned for Singapore Biennale 2022. Explore the world of Lee Su Lin, Su Yang, Bus and Zizi and their faithful parrot, Kuning, as they camp on Big Sister's Island and find themselves in the middle of an adventure involving mysterious boatmen and even a turtle! The storytelling session will be conducted by Kiran Shah. Participants will also get to do a short activity after. Each ticket covers 1 child accompanied by 1 adult, it also comes with 1 copy of The Riddle of the Coral Isle. The book will only be distributed to participants who attend the on-site session.


Register for your preferred session here:

Docent-Led Tours Sam
Docent-Led Tours

Docent-Led Tours

The seventh edition of the Singapore Biennale 2022 (SB2022) is named Natasha. Join our free docent-led tours to learn more about Natasha in SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark!


English Tours

Dates: Every Thu to Sun, from 22 Oct 2022 – 19 Mar 2023
Time: 2pm
Venue: L1 Information and Ticketing Counter, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
Price: Free for SB2022 ticket holders


Japanese Tours

Dates: Every Fri and Sat, from 18 Nov 2022 – 18 Mar 2023
Time: 10:30am
Venue: L1 Information and Ticketing Counter, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
Price: Free for SB2022 ticket holders


Note: There would be no tours on public holidays and eve of public holidays

Artwork Activation by Haegue Yang Sam
Artwork Activation by Haegue Yang

Artwork Activation by Haegue Yang
The Hybrid Intermediates – Flourishing Electrophorus Duo (2022) by Haegue Yang

Date: Sat & Sun, 1011 Dec, 2425 Dec, 78 Jan, 1415 Jan, 1112 Feb, 2526 Feb, 1112 Mar, 1819 Mar

Time: 2PM& 4PM

Venue: Gallery 1, Level 1


The sculptural dyad The Hybrid Intermediates – Flourishing Electrophorus Duo (2022) by artist Haegue Yang was conceived specially for the Singapore Biennale 2022. Poised on casters, each life-sized work features sculpted electrical outlets housed in “bodies,” which are topped with colourful gardens of plastic vegetables. These complex and self-insisting sculptures address the actual and metaphorical possibility of movement. Watch this dynamic pair come to life in this live activation.