Heman Chong

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Heman Chong (b. 1977, Muar) is an artist and writer whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. His work continuously interrogates the many functions of the production of narratives in our everyday lives.

Heman Chong has presented a number of solo exhibitions at the Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai, 2016), South London Gallery (London, 2015), Art Sonje Center (Seoul, 2015), P! (New York, 2014), The Reading Room (Bangkok, 2013), NUS Museum (Singapore, 2012), Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou, 2007), Art in General (New York, 2007), Project Arts Centre (Dublin, 2006).

He has also participated in numerous international biennales including 20th Sydney Biennale (Upcoming, 2016), 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014), Asia Pacific Triennale 7 (2012), Performa 11 (2011), Momentum 6 (2011), Manifesta 8 (2010), 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), SCAPE Christchurch Biennale (2006), Busan Biennale (2004), 10th India Triennale (2000) and he represented Singapore in the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

Chong’s work has also been part of a number of group exhibitions at internationally recognised institutions including Tate Modern, New Museum, Monnaie de Paris, Museum fur Gewerbe und Kunst Hamburg, The National Museum of Art Osaka, Hessel Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sharjah Art Foundation, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Kumho Museum of Art, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Kroeller-Muller Museum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Nam June Paik Art Center, Gertrude Contemporary, Arnolfini, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Hamburger Bahnhof, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Kadist Art Foundation, Daejeon Museum of Art.

In 2006, he produced a writing workshop with Leif Magne Tangen at Project Arts Center in Dublin where they co-authored “PHILIP”, a science fiction novel, with Mark Aerial Waller, Cosmin Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt and Steve Rushton.

In 2014, he co-founded “Stationary’”with Christina Li. A collection of stories published by Spring Workshop, defined as a recess from their own practices, ‘Stationary’ invites artists, curators and writers to take stock, chart and elaborate on their obsessions, fascinations and influences within a suspended temporal moment. Copies of ‘Stationary’ are distributed free of charge via stationarystories.com

  • Heman Chong
    Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury (2)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
  • Heman Chong
    Fury / Salman Rushdie
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
  • Heman Chong
    Only Revolutions / Mark Z. Danielewski
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
  • Heman Chong
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest / Ken Kesey
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
  • Heman Chong
    Nineteen Eighty-Four / George Orwell (4)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
  • Heman Chong
    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (1)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
  • Heman Chong
    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (5)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
  • Heman Chong
    Secrets and Lies (The Impossibility of Reconstitutions)
    2012
    326 novels within the espionage genre deconstructed via a paper shredder
    variable dimensions
  • Heman Chong
    The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    2013
    Printed file on A4 paper, found book illustrated by H. M. Brock, R.I. Printed by Seeley and Co Limited, London, c.
    Printed file: 1 x 29.7 x 21 cm (½ x 11¾ x 8¼ in) Book: 4.5 x 19.9 x 14 cm (1¾ x 7¾ x 5½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    Fight Club / Chuck Palahniuk (2)
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    The Unnamable / Samuel Beckett (2)
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    The Man In The High Castle / Philip K. Dick
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    Solaris / Stanislaw Lem (3)
    2013
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Little Prince / Antoine de Saint Exupéry
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Wall / Jean-Paul Sartre
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Victor Hugo
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    Deleted Scenes (3)
    2008
    Photographic collage on acid free paper
    unframed: 75 x 105cm (29½ x 42 in), framed: 90 x 120 x 7.6cm (35½ x 47¼ x 3in)
  • Heman Chong
    A Christmas Carol (Past) / Charles Dickens
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    Non-Stop / Brian Aldiss
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    Lord of the Flies / William Golding (1)
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    The Island of the Day Before / Umberto Eco
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    Island / Aldous Huxley
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
  • Heman Chong
    Lust / Elfriede Jelinek
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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