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Singapore Biennale 2016 Creative Director and Curators
(From left to right) Michael Lee, Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Joyce Toh, Louis Ho, Suman Gopinath, Dr. Susie Lingham, Xiang Liping, Tan Siuli, Andrea Fam, John Tung

Dr. Susie Lingham
Creative Director
Singapore Biennale 2016

Dr Susie Lingham is an interdisciplinary and independent thinker, writer and maker in the arts, whose work synthesizes ideas relating to the nature of mind across different fields, from the humanities to the sciences. Her art practice incorporates writing, performance, sound and image.

Currently the Creative Director of the Singapore Biennale 2016, Susie was Director of the Singapore Art Museum from 1 August 2013 to 31 March 2016, where she worked to shape its new vision and mission as the contemporary art museum of Singapore upon corporatization in November 2013, as well as setting the new creative and curatorial direction and acquisition strategy of SAM. She oversaw the development, organization and curating of 13 exhibitions, which included Medium at Large: Shapeshifting Material and Methods in Contemporary Art (April 2014 – May 2015); Still Moving: A Triple Bill on the Image (October 2014 – 8 February 2015); After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art (May – October 2015); and 5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress (October 2015 to June 2016).

Prior to her appointment at SAM, she was Assistant Professor at the Visual & Performing Arts academic group at the National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Conferred the Distinguished Alumni Medal 2014 by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, for contribution to excellence in art and the development of the arts in Singapore, Susie has an MA (Honours) in Writing from the University of Western Sydney, Australia, a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Higher Education from NIE/Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Literature, Religion and Philosophy from the University of Sussex, UK. Susie has taught at universities and art colleges in Australia, Singapore and the U.K.

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Tan Siuli
Curatorial Co-Head
Singapore Art Museum

Tan Siuli is Co-Head of the Curatorial team at the Singapore Art Museum, and oversees its Indonesia collection. She holds a Masters in Art History from University College London, UK, a BA in Literature and Art History from the University of Nottingham, UK, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Her past exhibitions include Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea, Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas, After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art, Unearthed, Chimera (The Collectors Show: Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections), Classic Contemporary: Contemporary Southeast Asian Art from the Singapore Art Museum Collection; and FX Harsono: Testimonies. She was a Curator-Mentor in Curating Lab 2012, a co-curator of the Singapore Biennale 2013, a member of the Advisory Committee to the Indonesian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013, and a Juror for the Bandung Contemporary Art Awards.

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Joyce Toh
Curatorial Co-Head
Singapore Art Museum

Joyce Toh is Co-Head of the Curatorial team at Singapore Art Museum and oversees its Philippines collection and Publications portfolio. She holds a Masters in Aesthetics (Philosophy of Art) from University of York, UK and a BA in Art History from Syracuse University, USA. Joyce was one of the curators for 5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress, and her past exhibitions include Medium at Large – Shapeshifting Material & Methods in Contemporary Art, Sensorium 360 – Contemporary Art and the Sensed World, Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Singapore Art Prize 2011 exhibition, and Thrice Upon A Time: A Century of Story in the Art of the Philippines.

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Louis Ho
Curator
Singapore Art Museum

Louis Ho is Curator at the Singapore Art Museum, where his focus is on the art of Malaysia, Myanmar and Brunei. His first exhibition for the museum was the permanent collection show, After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asia Contemporary Art. Prior to joining the Singapore Art Museum’s curatorial team, Louis Ho was an independent art historian, critic and curator. He also lectures at the National Institute of Education, and is a contributor to various art publications, such as Art Asia Pacific and Pipeline. He was trained in art history, and his research interests include Southeast Asian visual culture, the intersections between art and the social, and cinema.

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Andrea Fam
Assistant Curator
Singapore Art Museum

Andrea Fam is an Assistant Curator with the Singapore Art Museum where she oversees the Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos collections and assists in the Acquisitions portfolio. She holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Criticism, Communication and Curation in Art and Design from Central Saint Martins, London, UK. She was the lead curator on A New Horizon, a Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition and the co-curator for Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea and Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas exhibitions. She has also worked on the 5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress and Time of Others exhibitions.

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John Tung
Assistant Curator
Singapore Art Museum

John Tung oversees the Thai contemporary art portfolio at the Singapore Art Museum. He holds a BA (Hons) in Arts Management conferred by Goldsmiths, University of London (LASALLE) and an MA in Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he graduated on the Dean’s List. His research interests include post-colonial theory, cultural policy and cultural theory. His artistic interests span varied genres, and exhibitions he has curated at the Singapore Art Museum include Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea and Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas.

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Suman Gopinath (India)
Associate Curator
Singapore Biennale 2016

Suman Gopinath is an independent curator based in Bangalore, India. She studied Fine Arts Administration and Curating at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, UK. Some of the exhibitions Suman has co-curated include Nasreen Mohamedi, Tate Liverpool, UK, 2014; the XI Jogjakarta Biennale, Equator 1 – Shadowlines: Indonesia Meets India, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, 2011 - 12; Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes / Reflections on Indian Modernism, an exhibition that travelled in Europe through 2009-2011.

Suman also co-founded CoLab Art & Architecture (2005-2008). CoLab worked with artists, architects, curators and academics and presented contemporary Indian work within the context of international practice. Apart from her curatorial work, Suman currently manages the Archival and Museum Fellowships at India Foundation for the Arts, (IFA) Bangalore. IFA aims at strengthening the practice, research and knowledge of the arts in India through its grants and fellowships.

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Michael Lee (Singapore)
Associate Curator
Singapore Biennale 2016

Michael Lee is an artist, curator and publisher based in Singapore. He researches urban memory and fiction, especially the contexts and implications of loss. He transforms his observations into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or texts.

Michael has staged solo exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong), Baba House (Singapore) and Alliance Francaise de Singapour (Singapore). He has participated in various biennales and other international platforms including Shenzhen Sculpture (2014); Singapore (2011); Shanghai (2010) and Guangzhou Triennial (2011, 2008).

His curatorial projects include Between, Beside, Beyond: Daniel Libeskind's Reflections and Key Works 1989-2014 (Singapore Art Museum, 2007), and his editorial projects include the series Corridors: Notes on the Contemporary (published by Studio Bibliothèque with various others, 2013-) and Who Cares: 16 Essays on Curating in Asia (co-edited with Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, published by Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, 2010). He had been awarded the APBF Signature Art Prize People's Choice Award in 2011 and the Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) in 2005.

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Nur Hanim Khairuddin (Malaysia)
Associate Curator
Singapore Biennale 2016

Nur Hanim Khairuddin is an artist and independent curator based in Ipoh, Malaysia. She graduated from UiTM (Universiti Teknologi MARA) in Selangor, Malaysia with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 1994. Since then, she has participated in numerous exhibitions both locally and internationally, and was the recipient of several awards, the most notable of which was the Major Winner in the 1996 Young Contemporaries.

From 1996 to 2010, she worked as a curator at Perak Arts Foundation, and was responsible for the organisation of the annual multi-disciplinary Ipoh Arts Festival held in Ipoh, Perak (1996-2000). As a freelance curator, she has curated several solo exhibitions for prominent Malaysian artists such as Sulaiman Esa, Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin and Shia Yih Yiing. She was also the curator for two editions of the Kembara Jiwa show, which travelled to Bandung (Selasar Sunaryo), Jogjakarta (Taman Budaya) and Fukuoka (Asian Art Museum).

Nur Hanim is the Editor-in-Chief of sentAp!, a quarterly bi-language (English & Malay) publication founded in 2005. She is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief with Beverly Yong for the four volume Narratives of Malaysian Art publication, and is currently one of the directors for Malaysian Art Archive & Research Support (MARS). At present, she is involved in a few art archival projects, including the archive of the late Ismail Hashim, a well-known pioneer of Malaysian art photography.

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Xiang Liping (China)
Associate Curator
Singapore Biennale 2016

Xiang Liping is a doctoral candidate of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. From 1999 to 2001, she was a lecturer at the Zhejiang Normal University. From 2006 to 2011, she worked as a curator and coordinator of the Shanghai Biennale at the Shanghai Art Museum, committing herself to developing and improving the Biennale.

In 2011, she wrote the feasibility report for the first state-run contemporary art museum in mainland China and later participated in its establishment as the Power Station of Art in Shanghai. Xiang is currently the Head of the Exhibition Department at the museum. She has been involved in numerous curatorial projects, including Translocalmotion: The 7th Shanghai Biennale (2008); Infantization: The New Power of Contemporary Chinese Art, which toured Asia and Europe from 2007 to 2010; The End of the Brush and Ink Era: Chinese Landscape (2011); Now Ink II for SH Contemporary (2012); Fiber and Space Art Exhibition from the China Academy of Art (2013); Copyleft: Appropriation in China (2015); and Datong Dazhang, Chinese Contemporary Art Collection Exhibition Series (2015).

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