NTU Centre for Contemporary Art holds first international exhibition at Gillman Barracks

Above: Fiona Tan's art work Disorient

SINGAPORE - From 18 January to 30 March 2014, three acclaimed artists will showcase their video installations for the first time in Singapore in a curated exhibition at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU)'s Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).

CCA's inaugural international exhibition, Paradise Lost, at Gillman Barracks is co-curated by the Centre's Founding Director and Professor at School of Art, Media and Design, NTU, Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu, curator at the centre.

Paradise Lost features three audio-visual installations of moving image: Surname Viet Given Name Nam by Trinh T. Minh-ha, Yellow Patch by Zarina Bhimji, and Disorient by Fiona Tan.

Premiering in the centre's newly inaugurated exhibition space, Block 43 at Gillman Barracks, these are key works by three internationally renowned Asian artists who are based in Europe and the US. Paradise Lost showcases imaginary perspectives of Asia where each work maintains a tight connection with the artists' personal biographies and experiences of migration.

Paradise Lost will also serve as a catalyst for NTU and the CCA to embark on future long-term research projects focused on the political and economic histories of migration along old and new trade routes. New Silk Road is one of NTU's Five Peaks of Excellence, which are interdisciplinary research areas that the university aims to make a global mark. The other four areas are in sustainability, new media, innovation and future healthcare.

Professor Ute Meta Bauer added: "We are very pleased to start off our 2014 exhibition programme with Paradise Lost presenting seminal works by Trinh T. Minh-ha, Zarina Bhimji, and Fiona Tan. This is the first time these works are exhibited in Asia by an art institution. With reflections on migration, old and new trade routes, colonial and post-colonial spaces, this exhibition sets out the frame for one of the CCA's future areas of inquiry.

"As an art centre with a mandate in research and education, the CCA also aims to be a connector point between the artists and the public. Through Paradise Lost, we hope to spur in the public a greater interest in contemporary arts, while also cultivating a culture of research."

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