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Title: PROBLEMATIZING THE CRITICISMS OF THE SINGAPORE BIENNALE
Authors: LIM JIA ZHI
Issue Date: 22-Apr-2019
Citation: LIM JIA ZHI (2019-04-22). PROBLEMATIZING THE CRITICISMS OF THE SINGAPORE BIENNALE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The Singapore Biennale had received many criticisms from scholars for its tacit usage by the government for economic purposes. The biennale is conceived from the state’s pragmatic desire to achieve the prestige of a ‘global city’ for rapid economic growth. In the general discussion on the biennales, the debates were more polarized, with one end arguing that the biennale provides a critical discursive, and the other that arguing that the biennale had lost its criticality. Critics argued that the biennale was subsumed by spectacularization and used by the state for cultural tourism and lifestyle culture. There were also criticisms against the biennale under the purview of the state or institution. But perhaps these criticisms were more ideological than they were first perceived. Therefore, by looking at the specificities of the Singapore context and the Singapore Biennale, the narrative would challenge the general criticisms launched against the Singapore Biennale. The biennale was a space of contestation between the state authorities and art professionals. Despite the dominance of the state, artists and curators had staked out a space in the biennale for critical inquiry.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/155616
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