Artist: Heman Chong

Artist Residency
Apr 21 - Jun 30 2007

Heman Chong was born in 1977, and is based in Singapore. He graduated from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore with a diploma in visual communication, and received his master’s degree in art in communication and design at the Royal College of Art in London. Heman came to public notice with the exhibition of his video installation Molotov Cocktails at the Singapore Art Museum (2000). This work subsequently represented Singapore at the 10th India Triennale (2001) and was awarded the Triennale Prize. In 2003, Heman was given a one-year grant by the National Arts Council to participate in the International Studio Programme at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. In the same year, he was also selected for the President’s Young Talents exhibition held at the Singapore Art Museum. Between 2003 and 2004, Heman was invited to show his work at various international exhibitions, including the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and the 5th Busan Biennale (2004). Heman has also produced artworks for the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (The Social Seduction, 2003), the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands (God Bless Diana, 2004) and in New York (Real Estate, 2005). In addition to more than 50 group exhibitions, Heman’s curatorial project Old Habits Die Hard (2003) has been presented in venues around the world, including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Norwich Gallery in the UK and Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo. In Singapore, Heman has been active as an associate artist at The Substation, where he has had two solo exhibitions, The End of Traveling (2002) and Snore Louder if You Can (2004). In line with the multidisciplinary nature of his work, Heman has collaborated with talents including the poet/playwright Alfian Sa’at (Geograffiti, 1999), theater director Ong Ken Sen (The Global Soul, 2003) and Yoko Ono (Water Event, 2005).


Feb 5, 2005
Public Program
Video Saturday