The main title of the Singapore Biennale 2016 is woven through nine ‘conceptual zones’, or subthemes, which locate each artwork in particular curatorial contexts. These zones shape the flow of the Biennale experience, like chapters in a book or sections in a poem. Like the title – ‘An Atlas of Mirrors’ – which is built on the relationship between a collective noun (‘an atlas’ as the collective noun) and what is being thought of collectively (‘mirrors’), these zones are conceptually themed along specifc collective nouns and what they hold together for contemplation and experience. Artworks located within each zone resonate on many levels, and at the same time, all nine zones coincide, intertwine and reflect each other along the conceptual continuum of ‘An Atlas of Mirrors’ as a whole.
Each zone represents concepts, ideas and ways of seeing, as explored in the Biennale artworks