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The Current/s We Call Home (Arus Berlabuh Kita)

Commissioned by Singapore Art Museum for RISING50
Presented in partnership with Asian Civilisations Museum

29 June – 2 December 2018
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)

The Current/s We Call Home (Arus Berlabuh Kita) is a collaborative art and sound installation by Indonesian artist Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) and Singaporean artist Samantha Tio (Mintio), exploring the diasporic experiences of families living and travelling between Singapore and Indonesia. The work, inspired by the folk melody of Dayung Sampan—a popular tune in both countries—imagines sea voyages captained by children from both countries, and harks back to our shared histories and friendship.

This artwork will be unveiled at Kreatif Connections: Celebrating 50 Years of Indonesia-Singapore Friendship, held from 29 June to 1 July 2018 at the Empress Lawn and ACM, as part of the RISING50 celebrations commemorating 50 years of bilateral ties between Singapore and Indonesia. Find out more here.


About the artists

Kabul from Indonesia and Mintio from Singapore have been formally trained in painting and photography respectively. The duo established the Ketemu Project Space, a platform for projects and residency programmes in Bali, in 2015 with the goal of developing projects that involve community members to encourage social empowerment.

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President’s Young Talents 2018

4 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
Venue: SAM at 8Q

The President’s Young Talents is Singapore’s premier and only mentoring, commissioning, and award programme, which recognises promising artists aged 35 and below, whose practices chart new dimensions in Singapore contemporary art. Previous PYT artists include Boo Junfeng, Heman Chong, Charles Lim, Donna Ong, Tan Pin Pin and Vertical Submarine, to name a few, all of whom have gone on to develop outstanding work in and beyond Singapore.

Inaugurated by the Singapore Art Museum in 2001 to promote critically engaged practices through discourse and experimentation, the 2018 edition of the President’s Young Talents seeks to afford greater artistic and curatorial growth for the artists involved and curator-mentors respectively. Invited curator-mentors, ranging from past participating artists to independent curators, will form a curatorial committee to shortlist artists for this edition. An independent jury – which will include members from SAM – will be convened to award the President’s Young Talents prize.


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