Heman Chong

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Heman Chong was born in 1977 in Muar, Malaysia, but was raised in Singapore, where he is currently based. He attended the Royal College of Art in London and graduated with an MA in Communication Art and Design.

He recently produced a series of interconnected exhibitions located at Art Sonje Center in Seoul (Never, A Dull Moment, 2015), South London Gallery (An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories, 2015), Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai (Ifs, Ands, Or Buts, 2016) and 72-13 in Singapore (Because, the Night, 2017).

He has participated in numerous international biennales, including the 1st Yinchuan Biennale (2016), 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016), 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014), Asia Pacific Triennial 7 (2012), Performa 11 (2011), Momentum 6 (2011), Manifesta 8 (2010), 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), SCAPE Christchurch Biennial (2006), Busan Biennale (2004) and 10th India Triennale (2000), and represented Singapore in the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

Chong’s work is included in the permanent collections of Art Sonje Center, KADIST Art Foundation, M+ Museum for visual culture, NUS Museum, Rockbund Art Museum and Singapore Art Museum, as well as numerous notable private collections around the world.

He is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of The Library of Unread Books, which has been installed at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in Manila and Casco projects in Utrecht.

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

  • Heman Chong
    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)
  • 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)
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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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