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.