CCA – Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Devoted to producing knowledge in contemporary arts through research, education, exhibition and fellowships programme, CCA is a is a research centre of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) located in Gillman Barracks

From 10 May to 20 July, the CCA—Centre for Contemporary Art will host No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.
Part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, No Country is curated by June Yap,Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia. The exhibition will feature artists and collectives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom, and presents works of an array of media, spanning from sculpture and photography to painting and video installations.No Country presents South and Southeast Asia in terms of transformation and trace, charting patterns of historical and contemporary influence within and beyond the region itself.
No Country was first presented in New York at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum last year (22 February–22 May 2013), prior to its showing at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre (30 October 2013–16 February 2014). The presentation in Singapore brings the artworks back to the region from which many of the artists hail and calls for a closer examination of regional cultural representations and relations.
The artists in the Singapore presentation are:
Amar Kanwar (India), Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (Indonesia), Bani Abidi (Pakistan), Navin Rawanchaikul (Thailand), Norberto Roldan (The Philippines), Poklong Anading (The Philippines), Reza Afisina (Indonesia), Sheela Gowda (India), Shilpa Gupta (India), Sopheap Pich (Cambodia), Tang Da Wu (Singapore), Tayeba Begum Lipi (Bangladesh), The Otolith Group (United Kingdom), Tran Luong (Vietnam), Tuan Andrew Nguyen (Vietnam) and Vincent Leong (Malaysia).
The exhibition is complemented by a solid public programme, gallery and school tours as well as online activities.
The opening weekend features Artists’ Talks by Sheela Gowda, Navin Rawanchaikul and Norberto Roldan.
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No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia has been organised by the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, in collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and is a cultural engagement of UBS.

The Disappearance, 5 – 6 April programme

The Disappearance – Programme

Saturday 5 April

2pm Screening programmeThe Tear Down curated by Anca Rujoiu & Vera Mey. With works by: Cyprien Gaillard, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Malak Helmy, Diego Tonus, Marie Shannon.

The Tear Down refers to that period of change after the exhibition has finished – the moment of de-installation and erasure. Thinking through the exhibition as an architectural ruin where residue remains and resonance cannot evaporate, the artworks in this selection try to make sense of traces in an on-going reflection on the old and the new.

4pm Shubigi Rao, Visual snow (2014), talk

Visual snow (2014) is an important installment in Shubigi Rao’s ongoing biographical study of S. Raoul, which, for the first time, will examine his work in the context of the disappearing film.

6pm Nigel Rolfe, T H E P A R A D I S E = L O S T B O D Y (2014), Performance

3 positions becoming towards full catastrophe living= states of body (lost)

Disappearance (cloud’s)

Shroud (inside-outside)

Horizontal (mountains-lake)

7.30pm Screening programme: Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, The Body and the Lens in the City,curated by Erin Gleeson presented in collaboration with Sa Sa Bassac, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With works by: Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina, Anida Yeou Ali, Sok Chanrado, Leang Seckon, Tith Kanitha and Svay Sareth.

Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, The Body and the Lens in the City, brings together single-channel video works of performance by seven artists born and living in Cambodia. In archaeological practice, a rescue archaeologist is required to react urgently, yet carefully, to a transitional moment in which there is a threat of change and irrevocable loss, aside from the archaeologist’s efforts to document. During a critical time of rapid urban, social, economic and cultural change and continuity in Phnom Penh, artists in Cambodia have been working with a sense of timeliness, inspired by or in response to memory, place, and the fluctuating urban present.

Sonya Lacey, I feel their pane (2014) will be performed throughout the day

I feel their pane (2014) is a performance that operates on a personal, conversational scale for the duration of The Disappearance. The artist will circulate throughout the exhibition space and through the audience, inviting their involvement. The work brings together ideas around transparency, speculation and the format of the joke.

Laure Prouvost, Eva 43 years old (2002) will be exhibited throughout the day

“Laure Prouvost’s film opens with… the words, softly spoken, ‘My name is Eva, I am 43 years old’. A few seconds later we find ourselves looking at a wet residential street as the same voice (which sounds like that of a much younger woman) recounts, in faltering English, a scene that she witnessed there a few days earlier. Her story begins ordinarily enough, but as it moves to a strange and violent conclusion we are forced to think again. Everything about the video, which borrows the ‘show and tell’ mode of the video diary and home movie, makes us want to trust it. Eva herself, speaking to us in intimate, confiding tones, is supremely plausible. We find ourselves in the curious position of believing in her but not in what she is telling us.” – Patrick Henry


Sunday, 6 April 2014

2pm Screening programme: everything but… curated by Planting Rice in collaboration with The Drawing Room, Manila, The Philippines.With works by: Shireen Seno, Mark Salvatus, Yason Banal, Juan Alcazaren, Gaston Damag.

Attention has been given to everything but the event. Conditions, such as planning, theory, negotiation, framework, lead to the definition of context while intended results become an afterthought. To highlight this particular issue, Planting Rice brought together a series of works addressing everything else but the end point. For this screening programme, the event and the absent end are the means of inquiry. In the selection of video works by Filipino artists, Planting Rice brings to the fore questions involved in Philippine contemporary art practice that opens up to further queries on the global and the local.

4pm Screening programme: The Margins of Exhibition curated by David Teh.
With works by: Anthea Behm, Sherman Ong, Wok the Rock, Emile Zile, Nitipong Thinthubthai

The Margins of Exhibition is a selection of artist-made videos gathered in response to the curatorial proposition of The Disappearance. The programme displaces our focus from the main game – the artwork, the exhibition or in cinema, the pro-filmic or a feature presentation – in favour of what is peripheral. Neither inside nor outside, there is much more to the frame than meets the eye.

6pm Nigel Rolfe, T H E P A R A D I S E = L O S T B O D Y (2014), Performance

7pm Screening programme: The Tear Down curated by Anca Rujoiu & Vera Mey

8.30pm Manuel Pelmus, Preview (2014), Performance

Preview (2012) positions itself as a lecture performance. Preview unfolds in complete darkness where the visualisations of action are conceptual taking place in the audience’s own consciousness. The work tests the audiences abilities to imagine, visualise and capture a moment through a fleeting, ephemeral and material presence that is felt but not seen.

Sonya Lacey, I feel their pane (2014) will be performed throughout the day
Laure Prouvost, Eva 43 years old (2002) will be exhibited throughout the day


* Diego Tonus is supported by Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam.

everything but… has been realised in collaboration with The Drawing Room.




The Disappearance, 5 – 6 April, 2014, 2 -9pm

The Disappearance

Saturday 5—Sunday 6 April, 2014, 2—9pm

Paradise Lost Exhibition Construction, CCA Block 43

Paradise Lost Exhibition Construction, CCA Block 43

The Disappearance situates itself in the architectural setting of a previous exhibition Paradise Lost. It works with what is left out: the traces of the show in the space; the echoes in our memory. The Disappearance conceals and reveals: what has happened before and what will follow. This is addressed critically and conceptually.

Subject to operations of installation and de-installation the building and dismantling of an exhibition space is constantly edited: it erases one text to inscribe another. The Disappearance acknowledges the inherent changes into an exhibition space and its continuous rewriting. What happens after an exhibition is over?

The aftermath of the exhibition conventionally lives on through catalogues, documentation, reviews and conversations. For such a spatial and discursive practice it is hard to capture exactly what happened, how it was conceived or even how it felt. Perhaps a way to address a critique and continuation of the exhibition is through the medium itself of the exhibition.

Curated by Anca Rujoiu and Vera Mey, The Disappearance is conceived as a durational event unfolding over two days including a continuous series of manifestations from live performances to film screenings. The project includes works by Cyprien Gaillard, Malak Helmy, Sonya Lacey, Manuel Pelmus, Laure Prouvost, Shubigi Rao, Nigel Rolfe, Marie Shannon, Diego Tonus, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor amongst others. Other contributions to the film programme are curated by Erin Gleeson, Planting Rice and David Teh.

CCA — Centre for Contemporary Art

CCA Exhibition Space, Block 43, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

Singapore 109443

Chinese New Year opening hours of Paradise Lost

Thursday 30 Jan: Closed
Friday 31 Jan: Closed
Saturday 1 Feb: Closed

We look forward to seeing you when we reopen on Sunday 2 February. Please note that we are closed on Mondays and will resume usual opening hours (found on our about page) on Tuesday 4 February. Wishing you a prosperous year of the horse!

Paradise Lost Public Programme

Paradise Lost, Public Programme

January — March 2014

All events held at CCA exhibition space, Block 43, Malan Road unless otherwise stated

Friday 17.01.2014, 4-6pm — Paradise Lost Forum with presentations by Mustafa Shabbir Hussain (Curator, National Art Gallery, Singapore) and Ann Demeester (Director De Appel Arts Centre, Netherlands)

Friday 24.01.2014, 7.30-9pm — Curatorial Tour with Ute Meta Bauer (CCA Director) and  Lee Weng Choy (CCA Deputy Director and Senior Curator)

Friday 14.02.2014, 7.30-9pm — Exhibition Tour with Khim Ong (CCA Project Manager) and Ho Tzu Nyen (Artist)

Saturday 15.02.2014, 3-5pm — Reading Group with Anca Rujoiu (CCA Curator)

Thursday 20.02.2014, 6.30-9pm—Workshop by Trinh T. Minh-ha (registration required. Please contact

Friday 21.02.1014, 7.30-9pm — Artist’s talk Trinh T. Minh-ha

Friday 28.02.2014, 7.30-9pm — Exhibition Tour with David Teh (Director Future Perfect) and Anca Rujoiu (CCA Curator)

Friday 7.03.2014, 7.30-9pm — Stefano Harney (Professor of Strategic Management Education, Singapore Management University) in conversation with Ute Meta Bauer (CCA Director)

Saturday 8.03.2014, 3-5pm — Contemporary Fiction, Special session with Books Actually

Friday 28.03.2014, 7.30-9pm — Exhibition Tour with Vera Mey (CCA Curator) and Mustafa Shabbir Hussain (Curator, National Art Gallery, Singapore)

The production of (CCA) space

Public talk: The production of (CCA) space: Apolonija Šušteršič and Jesko Fezer

Tuesday 28 January 2014, 7.30 – 9pm
CCA – NTU Centre for Contemporary Art
Block 43, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109443


Jesko Fezer, Exhibition design for Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin: The Whole Earth Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik, 2013

CCA – NTU Centre for Contemporary Art is a new institution positioning itself as a contemporary art research centre as well as active exhibition space. CCA has overlapping positions as a research centre, exhibition space and artist in residence/research fellowship programme. How do we physically realise these various functions? How do we build an institution and space which marries our different functions the forward thinking and ambition of what the CCA will become with the historical site it is based on Gillman Barracks? Looking at two practitioners Apolonija Šušteršič and Jesko Fezer whose work have used ideas of spatial and social transformation in their practice, this talk will look at the role of designing spaces that aim to contribute and challenge sites of knowledge production.


SOCIAL WEAVER is like a species of bird…with the most spectacular structures built as their nests. However in the case of her presentation at CCA, Apolonija Šušteršič will talk about the role of the artist and art institution as a “social weaver” as somebody that creates and enables a place for critical reflection, communication, and discussion on urgent subjects that are often dismissed and overlooked in the rest of the society. She will be presenting the process of the “social weaving” through her own practice situated in-between architecture and design, sociology and urban studies. An emphasis on personal involvement and subjective observations which utilise and transform methods from these disciplines along with new inventions are strategies used to build a specific situation for a specific context.

Robustness and Openness for Negotiations and Conflicts in Design

Jesko Fezer will discuss and present several projects created for cultural institutions in diverse cooperations. These projects are based on the assumption that design is not able to produce any homogenizing, settling, durable, optimal or even just satisfying solutions. Design is not able to solve problems produced by political and social misrelations of desires, practices and actualities. Perhaps a more interesting dimension of design is its potential to articulate and transform these conflicts. Architecture, planning and design – even or especially in the cultural field – have the capacity to enable social-spatial negotiations. The talk will argue that vague openness as well as explicit robustness can support this.

Apolonija Šušteršič is an architect and visual artist. She usually makes extensive researches into specific situations found on location, which she uses as a starting point of her project. She pursues new possibilities and makes proposals from a hybrid point of view that ranges beyond art and architecture, making socially committed works naturally taking the form of everyday life activity. Her practice is embedded within interdisciplinary discourse and usually includes collaborations with other professionals such as architects, urban planners, curators, sociologists, and local population. Together with architect and a professor, Meike Schalk she formed an operative unit, which occasionally produces research, projects, actions and discussions. Apolonija Šušteršič has a PhD from University of Lund, Malmö Art Academy, Sweden; and runs her own art / architecture studio practice in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As a former professor at Royal University College of Fine Arts she established a Department of Permanent Transformation; a mobile unit; a parasite that could be plugged into any institution that performs an educational function. Apolonija Šušteršič participated in a number of exhibitions within and beyond the international contemporary art institutions including Berlin Biennale; 12th Architecture Biennale, Venice; Artes Mundi 5, among others.

Jesko Fezer works as Designer and Author. In cooperation with ifau he realized several architecture projects, he co-founded the thematic bookshop Pro qm and he participates in the exhibition design studio Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik. Jesko Fezer is professor for experimental design at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. His latest publication is: Civic City Cahier 6: Design in and Against the Neoliberal City, London 2013.

CCA Talks at Art Stage

CCA Talks at Art Stage
Saturday 18 Jan 2014, 1—6pm
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 3
Entrance to CCA Talks is free, but a ticket is required to view the Art Stage Singapore Art Fair.
CCA Talks are convened by Lee Weng Choy during the 2014 edition of Art Stage. Under the format of panel discussions, CCA Talks address the overall theme of the fair: “We are Asia” with a focus on the particularities and challenges of the art landscape in the region.
1—2.15pm Hong Kong vs Singapore
Matthias Arndt (Director Arndt Gallery, Berlin & Singapore)
Savita Apte (Founding Director Platform, Singapore)
“Junior” Laksamana Tirtadji (ROH Projects, Indonesia)
2.30pm—3.45pm Art & Knowledge
Professor Adèle Naudé Santos (Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, MIT, Cambridge, USA)

4—6pm Local Art Institutions: New Horizons
Eugene Tan (Director, National Art Gallery Singapore)
Susie Lingham (Director, Singapore Art Museum)
Bala Starr (Director, ICAS, Lasalle, Singapore)
Ute Meta Bauer (Director, CCA Singapore)

Opening: Paradise Lost

Please join us for the inaugural exhibition in the CCA programme ‘Paradise Lost’ opening on Friday 17 January 2014, 6.30 – 9pm.

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost
January 18 – March 30, 2014

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989)
Zarina Bhimji, Yellow Patch (2011)
Fiona Tan, Disorient (2009)


Exhibition Opening Hours: Tue.–Sun. 12–7 pm; Fri. 12–9 pm

Forum with presentations by:
Ann Demeester (Director De Appel, Netherlands) and Mustafa Shabbir Hussain (Curator, National Art Gallery, Singapore)

Friday January 17, 4-6pm

The newly established Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore is pleased to announce its first exhibition, Paradise Lost. Conceived as a constellation of three artistic productions that together explore narratives of travel and migration, place and displacement, the personal intertwined with colonial history, Paradise Lost introduces an imaginary Asia — Asia as a space of projections and desires stemming from an experience of dislocation and asynchronicity. Curated by CCA Founding Director, Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu, CCA Curator Exhibitions the show juxtaposes trans-generational perspectives, bringing together three major installations of moving image: Surname Viet Given Name Nam by Trinh T. Minh-ha, Yellow Patch by Zarina Bhimji and Disorient by Fiona Tan. While all three artists are of Asian descent, their education and artistic practice unfolded in Europe and the US, and gained international exposure from there. This is the first time these works are shown in Asia in an exhibition context.

CCA Founding Director, Ute Meta Bauer said: “ We are very pleased to inaugurate CCA’s exhibition programme with seminal works by Zarina Bhimji, Trinh T. Minh-ha and Fiona Tan. This is the first time these works are shown in Asia in an exhibition context. With reflections on migration, diaspora, old and new trade routes and how they determine colonial and postcolonial spaces, this exhibition sets out the frame for CCA’s future areas of investigation and research.”

In Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989), Trinh T. Minh-ha questions the norms of representation and filmic documentation, as she examines the lives of women in Vietnam and the US through themes of dislocation, exile and resistance. A filmmaker, composer, anthropologist and post-colonial theorist, Trinh has advocated in her art and writings for a continual readjustment of our understandings of what is “other” and “otherness”. 

In Yellow Patch (2011), Zarina Bhimji traces her father’s migration from India to East Africa, revisiting an array of buildings and landscapes in Bombay and Gujurat through a disembodied, almost ghostly viewing experience that isolates images from any contextual information. Refraining from facts and references, Bhimji allows stories to manifest in the physical structures of abandoned buildings — archeological palimpsests that evoke a phantomatic presence, the spectre of a land of emotion. 

Inspired by Marco Polo’s travels, Fiona Tan’s Disorient was conceived for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009. This project questions stereotypical representations of the East as constructed by Western historical narratives and orientalist imaginations. The work disorients our patterns of looking by contrasting hoards of exotic and aesthetically loaded objects with incongruous images of violence, pollution and poverty. 

Paradise Lost complements current explorations on the region, from the 2013 Singapore Biennale to the 2014 Art Stage Singapore art fair, bringing to the fore a perspective of Asia and its colonial history as perceived from near and afar. The exhibition investigates fictions of Asia by complicating them with more fictionalities. While Trinh T. Minh-ha articulates a cinematic dialectic, Fiona Tan and Zarina Bhimji work through an immersive visual language. Wrapped up in allegory and fiction, each work maintains a tight connection with the artists’ personal experiences of navigating cultural identity and homeland, migration and crossing borders.

A series of talks, reading groups and workshops will further explore the conceptual framework of the exhibition.

Paradise Lost will also serve as a catalyst for a long-term collaborative research project that will investigate the asynchronisities of diasporic spaces connected to the political and economical histories of migration along old and new trade routes. 

CCA Singapore

CCA – NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore 

The Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) is the national art centre of Nanyang Technological University, with support from the Economic Development Board, Singapore. Located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries, the CCA takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining its various platforms: exhibitions, public programmes, research and residencies.


Under the leadership of CCA Founding Director, Ute Meta Bauer the centre officially opened in October 2013 with Free Jazz, an open-format series that brought together cultural producers such as Lee Wen, Lucy Davis, Grieve Perspective, OffCuff, Cosmin Costinas, Ade Darmawan, Mark Nash, Zai Kuning, Bige Örer, Geert Lovink, Nikos Papastergiadis, Bani Haykal, Ila and Syv Bruzeau, to imagine and envision the potentials of this new institution.