“Southeast Asian art history doesn’t have a canon yet”: Isabel Ching – interview
Yes, it is indeed an attempt to be the art hub in this region. The focus of the collection in the National Gallery will be on Southeast Asian Modern Art. No doubt [that] the Singapore government, compared to other countries from Southeast Asia, has really given a lot of options for financial support of the arts. As the result, I think that more conceptually-oriented art – or the more art which is not found on the usual Asian market – has been given a space to grow, and [artists] are able to get through project proposals that they submitted to the government. Finally, they’re able to find funding support for their projects. So in a way, I think the interesting conceptually-based artists, as well as performance artists, are coming out in Singapore. At least, there is room to grow with an art infrastructure that supports them.