Shobiji Rao, in collaboration with curator Otti Meta Bauer, will represent Singapore at the 59th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Commissioned by the National Council of the Arts of Singapore, Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Forsaken Writer It is a lyrical manuscript that charts the breadth of human cultural endeavors through the shared stories of humanity and printed societies. The third core It marks the middle of Shubigi Rao’s impressive 10-year project, pulpwhich explores the history of book destruction and those who insist on its margins to protect the future of knowledge.
Taking the form of a book, film, and paper labyrinth, the exhibition explores the fragility and persistence of endangered languages, the future of knowledge, public and alternative libraries, and the cosmopolitanism of the regional print communities that flourished and waned in the historical centers of print, including Venice and Singapore.
as an artist Shopigi Raw He explains: “What are our testimonies, and what do we affirm? Are our certainties mere circles of justification, turbulent half-truths, vivid representations and ironic manipulations? Or can we ask where the smallest form can speak to greater commandments? Every sign we read or see has been rendered to bear witness to a brief life. and designs more concise.Each text then is a testimony, not necessarily about the truth, but shows the time, idea, facts, falsity of place and moment.So, the stories in pulp The project refers to various forms of courage, in action, speech, documentation and participation. These stories also show the subtle forms of printed resistance, the life living surrounded by books, breathing the heavy air with the weight of illegible but priceless knowledge, risking everything to memorize texts that are not theirs and may never be read, but are also more than symbolic representations of their civilizations or some idealistic conception of humanity.
The third core It is a powerful encapsulation of the many interconnected threads that weave together an artist’s understanding of generating knowledge, ownership, and dissemination.
as a trustee, UTMETA POWER He explains: “Shobiji Rao employs the book and the motion picture as forms of communication that tend to the parts in the story that are often deliberately obscured by those in power and through the means of capitalism. Artistic research is deeply concerned with the “keepers” of culture, its history, its stories, and identity, as language becomes a home and a place to retreat to protect what has been lost yet laments. At a time when the world is suffering a terrible toll – not only in terms of human lives lost by the pandemic but also in terms of forms and ways of life lost due to the climate crisis – the exhibition in the pavilion reinforces an appreciation of what it means to persevere in living together productively and meaningfully. “
Rose Daniel CEO of NAC Singapore said of the project: “The global connections that art offers are valuable in the face of the pandemic and the distinct voice of Shubigi Rao’s art practice gives the international audience and the arts community an opportunity to reflect on our shared histories. The third core Taking visitors on a journey through accounts from diverse communities, they are drawn to the kinship of those who recognize the book’s strength as a medium, as well as its fragility. We invite people to the fair to engage in honest conversations and explore human stories and perspectives that connect us in meaningful and sustainable ways. “
This year marks Singapore’s 10th participation in the Arte Biennale. This is the first time the nation has selected a solo presentation by a female artist, and the first female-led curatorial team. The official opening of the Singapore Pavilion will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the Sale d’Armi in Arsenale. More information can be found here.