Public Reading

Public reading

Image by Shubigi Rao: Antiquarian bookseller Federico Bucci opens a censored, sixteenth-century edition of works by Francesco Petrarca, Venice, Italy, 2021.
Image by Shubigi Rao: Antiquarian bookseller Federico Bucci opens a censored, sixteenth-century edition of works by Francesco Petrarca, Venice, Italy, 2021.

In the spirit of Shubigi Rao’s project Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book for the Singapore Pavilion curated by Ute Meta Bauer, writers, librarians, printers and other members of the community featured in the artist’s film and book came together for an afternoon of public reading; ranging from the historical connections between access to knowledge and political power, to the strategies of tyranny to silence and censor. A Venetian librarian shared stories of banned books and her favourite books of resistance, while we heard how alternative archives can act as vital safeguards of democracy. Through these stories, we saw the book as an embodiment of collective thought, labour and readership, and recognised this medium as an intimate holder of humanity and community. Besides the artist, curator and Pavilion architect Laura Miotto, speakers included Anna Toscano, Stefania Bertelli, Marco Borghi, Mario Infelise, Federico Bucci, and more.

The event was held on Sunday, 24 April 2022, 2.30 to 4.30pm at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia Auditorium.

Laura Miotto, Federico Bucci, Anna Toscano, Ilenia Maschietto, Filippo Granchio. Photograph by Natalie Chang.
Laura Miotto, Federico Bucci, Anna Toscano, Ilenia Maschietto, Filippo Granchio.
Photograph by Natalie Chang.
Stefania Bertelli, formerly IVESER – Istituto Veneziano per la Storia della Resistenza e della Società Contemporanea (Venetian Institute of the History of the Resistance and Contemporary Society). Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Stefania Bertelli, formerly IVESER – Istituto Veneziano per la Storia della Resistenza e della Società Contemporanea (Venetian Institute of the History of the Resistance and Contemporary Society). Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Mario Infelise, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Mario Infelise, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Anna Toscano. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Anna Toscano. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Ute Meta Bauer, Laura Miotto, Federico Bucci, Mario Infelise, Stefania Bertelli, Shubigi Rao, Anna Toscano, Ilenia Maschietto, Filippo Granchio, Marco Borghi and Tay Tong. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Ute Meta Bauer, Laura Miotto, Federico Bucci, Mario Infelise, Stefania Bertelli, Shubigi Rao, Anna Toscano, Ilenia Maschietto, Filippo Granchio, Marco Borghi and Tay Tong.
Photograph by Violetta Perini.

Official Opening

Shubigi Rao, Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, 2022, installation view. Photograph by Alessandro Brasile.

OFFICIAL OPENING

Commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore, and marking its 10th participation, the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of the La Biennale di Venezia was officially opened by Edwin Tong, Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth on 21 April 2022. 

The event took place at the Indoor Arena 1 of Arsenale Sale d’Armi and was followed by a tour of the Pavilion.

Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth speaking at the Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth speaking at the Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth speaking at the Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator, speaking at the Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Low Eng Teong, Deputy Chief Executive (Sector Development), National Arts Council, Singapore; Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth; Ute Meta Bauer, Curator; Shubigi Rao, Artist; Lee Tung Jean, Deputy Secretary (Culture and Sports), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth; Tay Tong, Director of Sector Development (Visual Arts), National Arts Council, Singapore. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Low Eng Teong, Deputy Chief Executive (Sector Development), National Arts Council, Singapore; Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth; Ute Meta Bauer, Curator; Shubigi Rao, Artist; Lee Tung Jean, Deputy Secretary (Culture and Sports), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth; Tay Tong, Director of Sector Development (Visual Arts), National Arts Council, Singapore. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2022. Photograph by Alessandro Brasile.
Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2022. Photograph by Alessandro Brasile.

Behind-the-Scenes

Behind-the-scenes

On 12 March 2022, the Singapore Pavilion held a “behind-the-scenes” with artist Shubigi Rao, curator Ute Meta Bauer, exhibition designer Laura Miotto and design firm Studio SWELL ahead of its opening in April 2022 at the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

The event took place at the Black Box at 42 Waterloo Street.

Moderator Kathleen Ditzig, curator Ute Meta Bauer, Benson Chong and Felix Sng, Studio SWELL, exhibition designer Laura Miotto, and artist Shubigi Rao (on screen). Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Moderator Kathleen Ditzig, curator Ute Meta Bauer, Benson Chong and Felix Sng, Studio SWELL, exhibition designer Laura Miotto, and artist Shubigi Rao (on screen). Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Behind-the-Scenes at Black Box, 42 Waterloo Street on 12 March 2022. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Behind-the-Scenes at Black Box, 42 Waterloo Street on 12 March 2022. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Moderator Kathleen Ditzig, curator Ute Meta Bauer, and Benson Chong, Studio SWELL. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Moderator Kathleen Ditzig, curator Ute Meta Bauer, and Benson Chong, Studio SWELL. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Felix Sng, Studio SWELL, curator Ute Meta Bauer, project manager Mary Ann Ng, artist Shubigi Rao (on screen), Benson Chong, Studio SWELL, moderator Kathleen Ditzig, project manager Tian Lim, and exhibition designer Laura Miotto. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Felix Sng, Studio SWELL, curator Ute Meta Bauer, project manager Mary Ann Ng, artist Shubigi Rao (on screen), Benson Chong, Studio SWELL, moderator Kathleen Ditzig, project manager Tian Lim, and exhibition designer Laura Miotto. Photograph by Desiree Tan.

Press Conference

Image by Shubigi Rao: Cover of racy Jawi novel published by Qalam Press, Singapore, as shown by Faris Joraimi, Singapore.
Image by Shubigi Rao: Cover of racy Jawi novel published by Qalam Press, Singapore, as shown by Faris Joraimi, Singapore.

PRESS CONFERENCE

Taking the form of a book, film and paper maze, Shubigi Rao’s exhibition, Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, curated by Ute Meta Bauer and commissioned by National Arts Council, Singapore, explores the persistence of endangered languages, the futures of public and alternative libraries, and the cosmopolitanism of regional communities that have blossomed and waned in historic centers of print and trade, including Venice and Singapore.

Held on 18 January during Singapore Art Week 2022 at the Gillman Barracks, the press conference invited local and international media (the latter via livestream) to a panel discussion with the Artistic Team, artist Shubigi Rao and curator Ute Meta Bauer, as well as exhibition designer Laura Miotto; moderated by Kathleen Ditzig.

Shubigi Rao, artist speaking at the press conference for the Singapore Pavilion, 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.
Shubigi Rao, artist.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator; Shubigi Rao, artist; and Kathleen Ditzig, moderator.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator; Shubigi Rao, artist; and Kathleen Ditzig, moderator.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator, and Shubigi Rao, artist.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator, and Shubigi Rao, artist.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator.
Laura Miotto, exhibition designer; Ute Meta Bauer, curator; Shubigi Rao, artist, Tay Tong, Director, Sector Development (Visual Arts), National Arts Council, Singapore; and Kathleen Ditzig, moderator.
Laura Miotto, exhibition designer; Ute Meta Bauer, curator; Shubigi Rao, artist, Tay Tong, Director, Sector Development (Visual Arts), National Arts Council, Singapore; and Kathleen Ditzig, moderator.