The theme of Singapore’s first visual arts Biennale
SB2006 revolves around the concept of "Belief". According to the
organizers: "If today’s world has painfully called into question
many certainties governing society, history and humankind, can it also be
described as an era of uncertainty in which the very subject of belief is
in question? In the context of this so-called crisis of values, what do we
individually and collectively believe in? Do we act on our beliefs or is
belief simply a mindless act? Are the religious beliefs communicated by the
great faiths more relevant than the secular beliefs in science, progress,
democracy and politics that succeeded them? Or has the conflict between the
two spawned such states of violent and ethical extremism in the service of
religious and economic power that belief in anything appears incomprehensible?
Are we beyond belief or at the threshold of its revival?" (Press release,
Through a selection of international contemporary art practices, SB2006
aims to address the complexities that surround and inform some of these
questions, also examining aspects of belief in relation to the system
of art itself and the inherent values of contemporary art.
The artistic director, the renowned Japanese curator
and art critic Fumio Nanjo, and his curatorial team have conceived a Biennale
for diverse venues, including museums, religious spaces, public institutions and
disused buildings. The pathway of the audience across the city is part
of the concept, providing an insight into one of the unique features
that characterize Singapore as a multi-cultural society, where many
beliefs co-exist alongside one other. Some of the venues also provide
points of departure for a critical reflection on the role of architecture
in the construction of belief and ideology.
SB2006 coincides with "Singapore 2006: Global City. World
of Opportunities", where Singapore plays host to the Annual
Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and World Bank Group. The Annual Meeting is an important forum
for international cooperation where representatives of the 184 member
countries unite to discuss the course of global economic development
and challenges facing the world today.
in partnership with
Low Kee Hong
General Manager, Singapore Biennale
Singapore Biennale Secretariat
1 Coleman Street #05-06
Tel.: (+65) 6837 9270
Fax: (+65) 6837 3654
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