Contemporary Practises

GWKL 2019 Luminary Programme: Sunday 17th November 2019, 3pm-5pm

Contemporary Practises

The Development of Exhibition (to include Performance & Indigenous Art), Institutional Collecting, Biennial & Contemporary Practise.


Each Luminary will present for 30 minutes on their areas of expertise and development, discussing current museum and independent projects, the Singapore Biennial projects, the contemporary art and new practises that have been included and the inclusiveness of contemporary art in expanding traditional parameters of the definiton of art.

The presentations will be followed by a moderator-led discussion between panellists, with opportunity for audience participation.


Dr. Adele Tan, Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore

Biung Ismahasn, Independent Curator, Artist and Researcher

Moderator: TBC


Sunday, 17th November, 3pm – 5pm
National Art Gallery, Centre Court
No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur

FREE. All welcome!


Dr. ADELE TAN, Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore

Adele Tan received her PhD in art history from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and is currently Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore. Her research focuses on contemporary art in Southeast Asia and China, with a special interest in performative practices, photography and new media. Her recent ongoing projects include an exhibition on experimental practices in Asia from the 1960s to the 1990s, co-organised by MOMAT, MMCA and NGS, a series of public artwork commissions at NGS, and lecturing in the Art History minor programme at the National University of Singapore. She was also part of the curatorial team for the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale taking place in October 2018. Exhibitions she has worked on at the Gallery include “Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th century” (2015), “A Fact Has No Appearance: Art beyond the Object” (2016), and “Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow” (2017), and she was part of the curatorial panel for the 4th Singapore International Photography Festival. She was formerly Assistant Editor at the British art journal Third Text and her articles have appeared in numerous scholarly publications, exhibition catalogues, and journals such as PAJ, Broadsheet, Yishu, Eyeline and Third Text, among others. She has also participated in the Global Art and the Museums fellowship programme at ZKM, Karlsruhe; SYNAPSE: The International Curators’ Network at Haus der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin; the inaugural Tate Intensive programme in 2016; and was a jury member of the 2017 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists.

BIUNG ISMAHASN, Independent Curator, Artist and Researcher

Biung Ismahasn is a Bunun Nation independent curator, artist and researcher. His research and practice involves exploring issues of contemporary Indigenous curatorial practices and aesthetics, with a focus on Tawainese Indigenous contemporary art. He is currently completing a PhD at the Centre for Curatorial Studies at the University of Essex, England. Recently, he completed the curatorial project Dispossessions: Performative Encounters of Tawainese Indigenous Contemporary Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. It was the first ever research-based exhibition of Taiwanese contemporary art in the UK. Ismahasn has participated and moderated multiple symposiums on the topic of Indegineous curatorial practices, such as the Global Communities: Curating Modern Art Today symposium for the Tate Research Centre. He is currently an active member of the Intel Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.

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