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Southeast Asian galleries such as STPI, Shangart and more at Art Basel 2017 in Switzerland

A spotlight on Southeast Asian galleries exhibiting at Art Basel in Basel.

Jun 15, 2017 | By Art Republik

Tobias Rehberger, ‘free speech’, 2016

This June, 291 international galleries from 35 countries have made it through the notoriously rigorous selection process to exhibit at Art Basel in Basel, with three from Southeast Asia: Shangart, Silverlens and Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI). Here is a rundown of what we can look forward to from these regional representatives:

Shangart is one of 226 exhibitors in the Galleries sector, the main sector of the fair that showcases the best of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, video and editioned works.

Country: Singapore and China

Artists: Birdhead (Song Tao, b. 1979, China; Ji Weiyu, b. 1980, China), Han Feng (b. 1972, China), Geng Jianyi (b. 1962, China), Zhao Yang (b. 1970, China), Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983, Singapore)

Works: ‘Figure 26’ is a work by Singapore artist Robert Zhao from a research residency between 2015 and 2016 on Christmas Island, where the annual breeding migration of red crabs, featured in the photograph, is well known.  

Robert Zhao, ‘Figure 26’, 2016.

Silverlens is one of 18 galleries taking part in the Statements sector, which showcases the work of emerging artists and young galleries in solo presentations.

Country: Philippines

Artist: Martha Atienza (b. 1981)

Work: Filipino-Dutch artist Martha Atienza’s ‘Our Islands 11°16’58.4″N

123°45’07.0″E’ is a procession under the sea of men in bastardised costumes from the religious to the iconic, from the Santo Niño to Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao, pushing themselves slowly but surely against the shifting currents.

Martha Atienza, ‘Our Islands’, 2017.

STPI is one of 15 galleries which will show in the Edition sector, dedicated to prints and limited-editioned works. This is STPI’s 5th outing at Art Basel.

Country: Singapore

Artists: Heman Chong (b. 1977, Malaysia), Ryan Gander (b. 1976, United Kingdom), Tobias Rehberger (b. 1966, Germany), Suzann Victor (b. 1959, Singapore) and Haegue Yang (b. 1971, Korea).

Works: There will be new installations from Singapore artist Suzann Victor, made from paper pulp used as pigment on polycarbonate sheets to highlight the textured fluidity of paper pulp. German artist Tobias Rehberger will show bold typography-based screen prints.

More information at Art Basel.

This article was originally published in Art Republik.

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