Two Singapore artists among 15 vying for a $60,000 regional art prize

Two Singapore artists, Zhao Renhui (left) and Ho Tzu Nyen, are among those vying for the $60,000 grand prize in the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize. -- PHOTOS: ST FILE
Two Singapore artists, Zhao Renhui (left) and Ho Tzu Nyen, are among those vying for the $60,000 grand prize in the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize. -- PHOTOS: ST FILE

Two Singapore artists, Zhao Renhui and Ho Tzu Nyen, are among those vying for the $60,000 grand prize in the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize.

Their works are among those of 15 artists short-listed for the prestigious regional art prize, which began in 2008 and takes place every three years.

Ho, 38, is in the running for his immersive video installation PYTHAGAROS (2013) while Zhao, 31, has been short-listed for his mixed media installation Eskimo Wolf Trap Often Quoted In Sermons (2013).

Other works on the short-list include the performance and mixed-media installation I'm A Ghost In My Own House (2012) by Indonesia's Melati Suryodarmo and a series of 21 lenticular prints titled Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (Story Of A City) (2012) by Pakistan's Farida Batool.

The finalists and their works were selected by a panel of five judges from 105 nominations from 24 countries and regions.

The nominations were made by 36 independent art experts including Hong Kong's influential curator and gallerist Johnson Chang and Malaysian artist Wong Hoy Cheong. Works by six Singapore artists including Loo Zihan, Zulkifle Mahmod, Nordiyana Omar and Green Zeng were among the long list. The two Singapore finalists were nominated by home-grown curator Alan Oei.

The judging panel for the top prize comprises director of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Chris Saines; well-known Chinese curator Feng Boyi; director of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Luckana Kunavichayanont; director of New Delhi's Khoj International Artists' Association, Pooja Sood, and director of the Singapore Art Museum, Susie Lingham.

The 15 works will be exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum, a partner of the prize, from Nov 14 until next March. The winner will named at an awards ceremony in January.

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