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Curatorial Team

Curatorial Team

The Singapore Biennale 2019 Artistic Director and curatorial team.
From left to right: John Tung, Goh Sze Ying, Renan Laru-an, Patrick Flores (Artistic Director of SB2019), Andrea Fam, Anca Verona Mihuleţ, and Vipash Purichanont.

Patrick Flores

Artistic Director
Singapore Biennale 2019

Patrick Flores is Professor at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines and Curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila. Among his publications are Painting History: Revisions in Philippine Colonial Art (1999); Remarkable Collection: Art, History, and the National Museum (2006); and Past Peripheral: Curation in Southeast Asia (2008). He was a curator ('Position Papers') at the 2008 Gwangju Biennale and a Guest Scholar of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 2014. He curated the Philippine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and organised the ‘South by Southeast’ exhibitions on Southeast Asia, Southeast Europe, South Africa, and the Caribbean in 2015 and 2019.


Andrea Fam

Curator Singapore Biennale 2019

Andrea Fam is an Assistant Curator at the Singapore Art Museum where she oversees the Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam country portfolios. Exhibitions that she has curated and co-curated at the Singapore Art Museum include: 'President's Young Talents' (2018), Singapore Biennale 2016, 'An Atlas of Mirrors,' 'Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea' and 'Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas' (2016), as well as 'A New Horizon, a Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition' (2015). Her research interests include investigations into the implications and impact of borders. She holds a BA (Hons) in Criticism, Communication and Curation from Central Saint Martins, London, UK.


Goh Sze Ying

Curator Singapore Biennale 2019

Goh Sze Ying is a Curator at National Gallery Singapore. At the Gallery, she has worked on the exhibitions 'Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.' (2018), 'Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore' (2018) and 'Listening to Architecture: The Gallery’s Histories and Transformation' (2017). Her research interests lie primarily in photography, time- and archive-based practice, in particular, how these modalities think against and outside of normative structures of power, time and borders. Formerly based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she has worked on exhibitions and public programmes with a focus on urban interventions in public spaces. She graduated with an MA in urban sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.


Renan Laru-an

Curator Singapore Biennale 2019

Renan Laru-an is a researcher, curator and the Public Engagement and Artistic Formation Coordinator of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network at the Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center. In his research-oriented curatorial work, Laru-an studies 'insufficient' and 'subtracted' images and subjects at the juncture of development and integration projects through long-term inquiries such as, 'Promising Arrivals, Violent Departures' (ongoing) and 'The Artist and the Social Dreamer' (2017), amongst others. He has been a (co-)curator of festivals and exhibitions, including OK. Video - Indonesia Media Arts Festival (2017) and 'A Tripoli Agreement' with the Sharjah Foundation (2018). Between 2012 and 2015, he directed the self-organised, multi-disciplinary platform and 'virtual' organisation, DiscLab | Research and Criticism.


Anca Verona Mihuleţ

Curator Singapore Biennale 2019

Anca Verona Mihuleţ is an independent curator, and she has been supporting artists to research topics such as the implications of knowledge, history, margins or landscape, with a focus on hidden stories, post-colonialism and invisibility. Between 2006 and 2013, she co-curated the exhibition programme of The Contemporary Art Gallery of the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu, Romania. She was also the curator of 'Reflection Center for Suspended Histories. An Attempt,' at one of the two Romanian Pavilions at the Venice Biennale (2013). In 2015 and 2016, together with Patrick Flores, Mihuleţ curated the exhibition 'South by Southeast,' presented at Osage Gallery (Hong Kong) and at The Guangdong Times Museum (China).


Vipash Purichanont

Curator Singapore Biennale 2019

Vipash Purichanont is an independent curator and a co-founder of Waiting You Curator Lab, a curatorial collective based in Chiang Mai. Although most of Vipash's curatorial projects are structured around Southeast Asia, his main objective is to initiate a meaningful conversation between the region and the globe. He was a co-curator of 'Concept Context Contestation: Art and the collective in Southeast Asia' (Bangkok, Yogyakarta, Hanoi, Yangon, 2013-2019). He was an assistant curator for the 1st Thailand Biennale (Krabi, 2018). Vipash received his PhD in Curatorial/Knowledge from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. He is currently a lecturer at the department of Art History, at Silpakorn University, Bangkok.


John Tung

Curator Singapore Biennale 2019

John Tung is an Assistant Curator at the Singapore Art Museum where he oversees the Thai country portfolio. His research interests include post-colonial theory, cultural policy and cultural theory. Exhibitions he has co-curated at Singapore Art Museum include: 'Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea' and 'Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas' (2016) and 'Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia' (2018). He was also one of the co-curators of the Singapore Biennale 2016, 'An Atlas of Mirrors'. He holds a BA (Hons) in Arts Management awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London (LASALLE College of the Arts) and an MA in Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Dean’s List).