Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia
23 April – 27 November 2022
Arsenale – Sale d’Armi, Campo della Tana 2169/F, 30122 Venice, Italy
Designed in collaboration with architect and exhibition designer Laura Miotto, the Singapore Pavilion in Venice takes the format of a paper maze. Making tangible the architecture of a book, the installation’s walls are sheets of paper suspended from ceiling beams that fold along the architecture of the space. Approaching the Pavilion entrance, one steps between these sheets of paper holding us within its folds, much like the enveloping that occurs in the act of reading. Its layers unfold to reveal not only the architecture of a book, but also Shubigi Rao’s journey of discovery into the world of stories centred around books, for hundreds of chronicles are at the core of this work.
Photographs by Alessandro Brasile.
Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book in Singapore
6–24 January 2023
ArtScience Museum, Singapore
Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book by artist Shubigi Rao and curated by Ute Meta Bauer, will be presented at the ArtScience Museum. Pulp III marks the midpoint of Rao’s ongoing decade-long project Pulp, which explores the history of book destruction and its impact on the futures of knowledge. The exhibition features her film, Talking Leaves, through daily screenings at ArtScience Cinema, and presents her book, Pulp III: An Intimate Inventory of the Banished Book, Volume III of V (Pulp Vol. III), as well as Being a Brief Guide of the Banished Book, a drawing of a phylogenetic tree.
Filmed over five years in various locations including Venice and Singapore, Talking Leaves highlights the tales of those at the forefront of the effort to save books and libraries through personal confidences and elegiac reflections, as well as incendiary documentary and mytho-poetic languages.
Housed in an abstract studiolo, copies of Rao’s book, Pulp Vol. III, are arranged in a way that speaks of the monumentality of its format as a container of knowledge and progenitor of change. This installation of books will change in form as they are dispersed into the world over the course of the exhibition. For Rao, each book is a messenger, a time-traveller, the embodiment of our need to communicate, and a rallying call to action.
Additionally, a series of public programmes will be held in ArtScience Cinema.