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Updated: 04/24/2014 23:07 | By Channel NewsAsia

Charles Lim's SEA STATE to feature at 2015 Venice Biennale

Charles Lim's SEA STATE to feature at 2015 Venice Biennale

Charles Lim's SEA STATE to feature at 2015 Venice Biennale

SINGAPORE: Singapore artist, Charles Lim's on-going body of work, titled SEA STATE, has been chosen as the country's feature at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Lim and curator Shabbir Hussain Mustafa form the artistic team that has been appointed to represent Singapore.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong made the announcement on Thursday at the opening of an exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum.

The proposal submitted by the duo was the strongest out of the eight received according to the commissioning panel that reviewed the proposals.

The panel, which was appointed in 2013, had invited a pool of artists and curators to submit proposals for the project. The panel included representatives from the arts community, such as the head of the National University of Singapore Museum, Ahmad Mashadi, and Singapore Tyler Print Institute Director, Emi Eu.

It is co-chaired by National Arts Council CEO, Kathy Lai, and National Gallery Director, Eugene Tan.

Through issues such as environment and territorial borders, Lim and Shabbir's proposal shows how artists can speak to international audiences while addressing local issues.

This will be presented in a multi-disciplinary showcase, featuring a mix of media including video, sculpture and other installations.

The commissioning panel will continue to mentor the selected team, in preparation for the presentation in Venice.

Mr Wong said: "Besides investing in the Singapore Art Museum, we will also do more to develop our own Singaporean contemporary artists. Key to this is the support we provide to them in enabling them to showcase their works to an audience outside of Singapore.

"Take our participation at the Venice Biennale as one example. The National Arts Council is now working towards a long-term lease of a pavilion space at the Venice Biennale.

"They are close to finalising the details and they will announce when that is confirmed but having that long-term lease would give greater stability to Singapore's presence at the biennale and more importantly, it will give us a longer lead time to plan and to commission artworks to be presented at the biennale."

Mr Wong also said that the Singapore artworks that are presented at the biennale will be brought back to Singapore for Singaporeans and visitors to experience.  - CNA/ac

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