Heman Chong

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Heman Chong (Malaysia, 1977) is an artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. His practice can be read as an imagining, interrogation and sometimes intervention into infrastructure as an everyday medium of politics. He received his Masters in Communication Art & Design from The Royal College of Art, London in 2002. He lives and works on Depot Road, Singapore.

His work has been shown in a number of solo exhibitions: Spirts in the Material World (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2019); Legal Bookshop (Swiss Institute New York, USA, 2018); Because, the Night (72-13, Singapore, 2017); Ifs, Ands, Or Buts (Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2016); An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories (South London Gallery, london, England, 2015); Never, a Dull Moment (Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea, 2015); Calendars (2020–2096) (NUS Museum, Singapore, 2011); Common People and Other Stories (Art in General, New York, USA, 2007); Snore louder if you can (The Substation, Singapore, 2004); and The Silver Sessions (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2003).

In 2006, he developed a writing workshop with Leif Magne Tangen at Project Arts Center in Dublin where they co-authored PHILIP (2007), a science fiction novel with Mark Aerial Waller, Cosmin Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt and Steve Rushton.

Between 2012 and 2014, Chong produced Moderation(s), a third space that exists between Witte de With Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Spring Workshop in Hong Kong, China which involved more than 50 artists and comprised a conference, three exhibitions, three residencies and a book of short stories.

Chong is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of The Library of Unread Books which has been hosted by the NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore; The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines; Casco, Utrecht, Netherlands; and Kunstverein Milano, Milan, Italy.

He is currently working on a novel, The Book of Drafts, which will be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019.

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    Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury (2)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Fury / Salman Rushdie
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Only Revolutions / Mark Z. Danielewski
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    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)
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four / George Orwell (4)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (1)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (5)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Secrets and Lies (The Impossibility of Reconstitutions)
    2012
    326 novels within the espionage genre deconstructed via a paper shredder
    variable dimensions
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    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)
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    Fight Club / Chuck Palahniuk (2)
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Unnamable / Samuel Beckett (2)
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    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)
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    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)
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Victor Hugo
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    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)
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    A Christmas Carol (Past) / Charles Dickens
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Non-Stop / Brian Aldiss
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    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)
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    Island / Aldous Huxley
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Lust / Elfriede Jelinek
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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Publications
Press
  • ArtAsiaPacific_ Nocturnal Readings Heman Chong Because The Night_November 26 2017 | PDF
  • Bookshop for night owls, Arts News & Top Stories - The Straits Times_07 November 2017 | PDF
  • “Take Me (I’m Yours)”_ experience works of art at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan _ Art Radar_22 December 2017 | PDF
  • CNN Philippines_What our unread books say about us_7 Jul. 2017 | PDF
  • A river runs through it_ Hong Kong exhibition looks at the countries shaped by the mighty Mekong _ Post Magazine _ South China Morning Post_4 May 2017 | PDF
  • Artlink_The Many Fictions of Heman Chong_December 2016 | PDF
  • ArtAsiaPacific_The Point_2016 | PDF
  • AIA_112-115 Travis Jeppesen_June / July 2016 | PDF
  • Heman Chong’s Chinese Conceptualism _ COBO Social_29 February 2016 | PDF
  • LEAP_Heman Chong_2016 | PDF
  • Cover Versions_ An Interview with Heman Chong _ SINGAPORE POETRY_8 January 2016 | PDF
  • Katrib, Ruba. “A Tear in the Fabric of Reality”, Flash Art, Milan, Italy_October 2015 | PDF
  • Stationary 1”, ArtReview Asia, London, UK_Summer 2015 | PDF
  • “Never, A Dull Moment”, ArtAsiaPacific Web Exclusive, Hong Kong, China_29 March 2015 | PDF
  • Yang, Haegue & Chong, Heman. “When Heman met Haegue”, ArtReview Asia, Hong Kong Special Edition, London UK_2015 | PDF
  • Wee, Darryl. “Never, A Dull Moment with Heman Chong”, BloudinArtInfo, Seoul, South Korea_11 February 2015 | PDF
  • Yishu Moderation(s)_September / October 2014 | PDF
  • LEAP - The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes a Part of Something Else_September / October 2014 | PDF
  • ArtForum Lee Ambrozy Moderation(s)_27 May 2014 | PDF
  • Heman Chong’s “Of Indeterminate Time Or Occurrence” | Art Agenda_18 April 2014 | PDF
  • ArtAsiaPacific_ The Pleasure Of Getting Lost Heman Chong At The Reading Room_14 March 2014 | PDF
  • ArtAsiaPacific_ Twenty Plots For Things To Come Anthony Marcellini And Heman Chong_22 January 2014 | PDF
  • You Promised Me, and You Said a Lie to Me – review | Culture | theguardian.com_2013 | PDF
  • ArtAsiaPacific_ Spring Workshop And Moderation(s)_February 2013 | PDF
  • ArtAsiaPacific_ The Artist The Book And The Crowd_August 2013 | PDF
  • Transcending Histories and Disrupting the Present at APT7 | PDF
  • Interview_ Heman Chong's Bookish Pursuits | BLOUIN ARTINFO_2013 | PDF
  • AAP77_Review NUS Museum Singapore_Heman Chong_March / April 2012 | PDF
  • ArtAsiaPacific79_One_on_One_Heman Chong_2012 | PDF
  • ou Have Reached Domestic How Can I Assist You Today Heman Chong_2012 | PDF
  • HEMAN CHONG_ CALENDARS (2020-2096) | 艺术界 LEAP_2012 | PDF
  • Human Chong_Island_LEAP_December 2011 | PDF
  • TODAY_Heman Chong_Master of His Universe_December 2011 | PDF
  • Heman Chong_Curators without Borders_Business Times_November 2011 | PDF
  • We RAT on Heman Chong and his Calendars_2011 | PDF
  • ArtAsiaPacific_Heman Chong_Reflections_2010 | PDF
  • Heman Chong on Influence and Appropriation_2010 | PDF
  • Frieze Magazine | Archive | Philip_11 September 2010 | PDF

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