Hà Ninh Pham and Nadiah Bamadhaj at S.E.A. Focus 2021



20 January 2021 - 31 January 2021
S.E.A Focus 2021, Singapore

Presented by A+ Works of Art

S.E.A. Focus Digital on Artsy:
Institute of Distance
A Solo Exhibition by Hà Ninh Pham
Curated by Michael Lee
20 January–31 January 2021

S.E.A. Focus Curated: hyper-horizon
My Land: Two works by Hà Ninh Pham
Anthropocene Series: Triptych by Nadiah Bamadhaj
Part of S.E.A. Focus Curated: “hyper-horizon”
Curated by Joyce Toh
20 January–31 January 2021

A+ Works of Art is proud to present works by two artists—Hà Ninh Pham and Nadiah Bamadhaj—at S.E.A. Focus 2021, a showcase of contemporary art from Southeast Asia. 

In the online section, S.E.A. Focus Digital, Vietnamese artist Hà Ninh Pham will stage Institute of Distance, a solo exhibition of 9 works from the long-term project, “My Land”. 

In the physical section, S.E.A. Focus Curated: hyper-horizon, both artists will be featured. Hà Ninh Pham will show My Land, while Yogyakarta-based Malaysian artist Nadiah Bamadhaj will exhibit a triptych from the Anthropocene Series

Hà Ninh Pham’s solo exhibition, Institute of Distance, features drawings from the long-term project, My Land, an imaginary world conceived by the artist. 

The exhibition’s title is taken from a body of work from My Land. My Land consists of four bodies of work—Mothermap, Logs, Single Stories and Institute of Distance—that respectively correspond to four modes of understanding the artist’s imaginary world. The Institute of Distance is a mode that perceives the world as a non-hierarchical, fluid system where spaces and places freely emerge without a clear structure. This Institute is also omnipresent, like a ship that sails in another dimension and exists everywhere in this world. By creating alternative universes, Pham takes total creative control like a god. But this higher being is quite detached: He sets up situations of contradictory beliefs encountering one another within the imaginary spaces and leaves them to their own devices. 

In all, drawings make up this solo exhibition in S.E.A. Focus Digital. An e-catalogue is produced to accompany this exhibition. This exhibition is curated by Michael Lee.


Anthropocene combines the Ancient Greek words “anthropo”—meaning “human”—and  “cene”—meaning “recent”. The term describes what scientists have argued is a current geological age dominated by human impact on earth. While there is yet no established consensus from scientists about when the Anthropocene started precisely, climate change, threats to biodiversity, and the accumulation of non-biodegradable waste materials are all confirmed anthropogenic impacts. Part of a larger series, this triptych of charcoal on paper collages by Nadiah Bamadhaj looks, from an aerial view, at landscapes that are heavily marked by the human hand. The artist selected three sites from different corners of the planet—Sidoarjo Mud Lake, Indonesia, Huangu Salt Mine, China, and Carrara Marble Mine, Italy—each of which show increases in carbon emissions through deforestation, significant if not permanent impacts on biodiversity, and have visually marked the earth’s surface. 


ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHIES

Hà Ninh Pham (b. 1991, Hanoi, Vietnam) is a fine artist and art educator based in Hanoi, Vietnam. His work explores the way in which we construct our understanding of territories from afar. Hà Ninh Pham is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (MFA in Studio Art), and the Vietnam University of Fine Arts (BFA in Painting). Pham has also participated in various artist residency programmes, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Corporation of Yaddo, Wassaic Project, Marble House Project in the United States, and PLOP in the United Kingdom. His work has been shown in New York, Philadelphia, London, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He is currently Visiting Professor of Painting at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, and Associate Lecturer at RMIT University Vietnam.


Nadiah Bamadhaj (b. 1968, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia), works and lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She graduated with a double major in sculpture and sociology from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Her practice includes works in a range of media, from drawings, sculptures, installations and digital images. She has worked in non-governmental organisations, lectured on art, and written on both Malaysia and Indonesia. In 2000, she began her full-time art-practice, and in 2002, she was awarded the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship. Her artwork often focuses on the social intricacies of place, and often employs themes of myth, architecture and dwelling. 


ABOUT THE EVENT AND SECTIONS
S.E.A. Focus
S.E.A. Focus is a showcase of contemporary art from Southeast Asia. It aims to bring together a curated selection of some of the finest galleries to foster a deeper appreciation of contemporary art and artists in the region. A meeting point for artistic vision and vigor, S.E.A. Focus provides a platform to propel diverse cultural exchanges which celebrate, promote and provoke dialogue about Southeast Asian art.

S.E.A. Focus is an initiative led by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore. Returning in January 2021, the edition melds the complementary formats of S.E.A. Focus Digital and S.E.A. Focus Curated.

S.E.A. Focus Digital on Artsy
Launching 20 January 2021, S.E.A. Focus Digital is an exciting online exhibition site developed by S.E.A Focus digital partner, Artsy. The platform enables us to bring contemporary art from Southeast Asia to a global audience, including avid art collectors in Artsy’s extensive database, and offer them a seamless discovery-to-purchase experience.
Link: www.artsy.net/sea-focus


S.E.A. Focus Curated: hyper–horizon
20 and 21 January 2021 (VIP Preview)
22 to 31 January 2021 (open to all)
#01-05, 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065

S.E.A. Focus Curated is an immersive, physical showcase in Tanjong Pagar Distripark where works of art from participating galleries are presented in a space designed by architect Randy Chan of Zarch Collaboratives. The showcase eschews the usual layout of art fair booths for an open, fluid exhibition. The show, titled hyper–horizon, is a response to the waves of change and possibility seizing Southeast Asia as it seeks to spur urgent focus on the place and vitality of art in testing times. The bold, non-conventional presentation aims to spark new connections between works of art from Southeast Asia and create opportunities for collectors and audiences to make fresh discoveries. The showcase can also be experienced virtually through the S.E.A. Focus website: www.seafocus.sg

Hà Ninh Pham and Nadiah Bamadhaj at S.E.A. Focus 2021

Hà Ninh Pham and Nadiah Bamadhaj at S.E.A. Focus 2021

20 January 2021 - 31 January 2021
S.E.A Focus 2021, Singapore

Presented by A+ Works of Art

S.E.A. Focus Digital on Artsy:
Institute of Distance
A Solo Exhibition by Hà Ninh Pham
Curated by Michael Lee
20 January–31 January 2021

S.E.A. Focus Curated: hyper-horizon
My Land: Two works by Hà Ninh Pham
Anthropocene Series: Triptych by Nadiah Bamadhaj
Part of S.E.A. Focus Curated: “hyper-horizon”
Curated by Joyce Toh
20 January–31 January 2021

A+ Works of Art is proud to present works by two artists—Hà Ninh Pham and Nadiah Bamadhaj—at S.E.A. Focus 2021, a showcase of contemporary art from Southeast Asia. 

In the online section, S.E.A. Focus Digital, Vietnamese artist Hà Ninh Pham will stage Institute of Distance, a solo exhibition of 9 works from the long-term project, “My Land”. 

In the physical section, S.E.A. Focus Curated: hyper-horizon, both artists will be featured. Hà Ninh Pham will show My Land, while Yogyakarta-based Malaysian artist Nadiah Bamadhaj will exhibit a triptych from the Anthropocene Series

Hà Ninh Pham’s solo exhibition, Institute of Distance, features drawings from the long-term project, My Land, an imaginary world conceived by the artist. 

The exhibition’s title is taken from a body of work from My Land. My Land consists of four bodies of work—Mothermap, Logs, Single Stories and Institute of Distance—that respectively correspond to four modes of understanding the artist’s imaginary world. The Institute of Distance is a mode that perceives the world as a non-hierarchical, fluid system where spaces and places freely emerge without a clear structure. This Institute is also omnipresent, like a ship that sails in another dimension and exists everywhere in this world. By creating alternative universes, Pham takes total creative control like a god. But this higher being is quite detached: He sets up situations of contradictory beliefs encountering one another within the imaginary spaces and leaves them to their own devices. 

In all, drawings make up this solo exhibition in S.E.A. Focus Digital. An e-catalogue is produced to accompany this exhibition. This exhibition is curated by Michael Lee.


Anthropocene combines the Ancient Greek words “anthropo”—meaning “human”—and  “cene”—meaning “recent”. The term describes what scientists have argued is a current geological age dominated by human impact on earth. While there is yet no established consensus from scientists about when the Anthropocene started precisely, climate change, threats to biodiversity, and the accumulation of non-biodegradable waste materials are all confirmed anthropogenic impacts. Part of a larger series, this triptych of charcoal on paper collages by Nadiah Bamadhaj looks, from an aerial view, at landscapes that are heavily marked by the human hand. The artist selected three sites from different corners of the planet—Sidoarjo Mud Lake, Indonesia, Huangu Salt Mine, China, and Carrara Marble Mine, Italy—each of which show increases in carbon emissions through deforestation, significant if not permanent impacts on biodiversity, and have visually marked the earth’s surface. 


ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHIES

Hà Ninh Pham (b. 1991, Hanoi, Vietnam) is a fine artist and art educator based in Hanoi, Vietnam. His work explores the way in which we construct our understanding of territories from afar. Hà Ninh Pham is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (MFA in Studio Art), and the Vietnam University of Fine Arts (BFA in Painting). Pham has also participated in various artist residency programmes, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Corporation of Yaddo, Wassaic Project, Marble House Project in the United States, and PLOP in the United Kingdom. His work has been shown in New York, Philadelphia, London, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He is currently Visiting Professor of Painting at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, and Associate Lecturer at RMIT University Vietnam.


Nadiah Bamadhaj (b. 1968, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia), works and lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She graduated with a double major in sculpture and sociology from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Her practice includes works in a range of media, from drawings, sculptures, installations and digital images. She has worked in non-governmental organisations, lectured on art, and written on both Malaysia and Indonesia. In 2000, she began her full-time art-practice, and in 2002, she was awarded the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship. Her artwork often focuses on the social intricacies of place, and often employs themes of myth, architecture and dwelling. 


ABOUT THE EVENT AND SECTIONS
S.E.A. Focus
S.E.A. Focus is a showcase of contemporary art from Southeast Asia. It aims to bring together a curated selection of some of the finest galleries to foster a deeper appreciation of contemporary art and artists in the region. A meeting point for artistic vision and vigor, S.E.A. Focus provides a platform to propel diverse cultural exchanges which celebrate, promote and provoke dialogue about Southeast Asian art.

S.E.A. Focus is an initiative led by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore. Returning in January 2021, the edition melds the complementary formats of S.E.A. Focus Digital and S.E.A. Focus Curated.

S.E.A. Focus Digital on Artsy
Launching 20 January 2021, S.E.A. Focus Digital is an exciting online exhibition site developed by S.E.A Focus digital partner, Artsy. The platform enables us to bring contemporary art from Southeast Asia to a global audience, including avid art collectors in Artsy’s extensive database, and offer them a seamless discovery-to-purchase experience.
Link: www.artsy.net/sea-focus


S.E.A. Focus Curated: hyper–horizon
20 and 21 January 2021 (VIP Preview)
22 to 31 January 2021 (open to all)
#01-05, 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065

S.E.A. Focus Curated is an immersive, physical showcase in Tanjong Pagar Distripark where works of art from participating galleries are presented in a space designed by architect Randy Chan of Zarch Collaboratives. The showcase eschews the usual layout of art fair booths for an open, fluid exhibition. The show, titled hyper–horizon, is a response to the waves of change and possibility seizing Southeast Asia as it seeks to spur urgent focus on the place and vitality of art in testing times. The bold, non-conventional presentation aims to spark new connections between works of art from Southeast Asia and create opportunities for collectors and audiences to make fresh discoveries. The showcase can also be experienced virtually through the S.E.A. Focus website: www.seafocus.sg

Hà Ninh Pham and Nadiah Bamadhaj at S.E.A. Focus 2021