Pamela Ng is a writer and actively engaged in arts and social causes. She has managed fine art galleries such as Galerie Michael Janssen and Ode to Art. She conceptualised and curated Celebrating Women (2012), an art exhibition featuring 15 female artists, with spoken word and live music performers and a time-based work with melting ice on the opening night. In that event, more than 50 new volunteers signed up and a portion of each artwork sale was donated to AWARE. In August 2013, she co-curated a group exhibition Nostra 2, featuring new media and installation works by 13 emerging local and international artists. In Nostra 2, she exhibited her collaborative work, City Shrines, that showcased her iPhone photography and interpretative poetry that re-told intimate memories of Singapore. She also managed a theatre company that empowered 120 young people, where she was engaged in project and event management, marketing and public relations, grant applications, and workshop facilitation. Her writing covers diverse topics from lifestyle to property and has been published in the PINNACLE, ART REPUBLIK, Cohort, and SingHealth.
D. A. E. Savitri Sastrawan
Series Editor | Translations
A Balinese nomad, D. A. E. Savitri Sastrawan is an arts and language freelancer. She is an artist and a Twitter administrator for @EnglishTIps4U, a Bahasa Indonesia – English translator. Savitri is currently studying for a Masters in Global Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. Previously, she studied Fine Art Painting at Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) Denpasar, Bali and Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL, UK.
She has exhibited her artworks in Indonesia, The Netherlands, and UK including GondoRukem Batik Art Community Bali. With GondoRukem, many batik workshops have taken place in Bali. continuing giving workshops in the UK. She is also involved in the dance group Lila Bhawa Indonesian Dance UK. With @EnglishTips4U, they recently published a book titled “Things Your English Books Don’t Tell You” under Panda Media, Jakarta. Her research interest lie in the interdisciplinary possibilities in the arts and language within global society and culture.
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Nazry Bahrawi Editor | Cultures
Nazry Bahrawi is a literary and cultural critic who flourishes in intersections. His research explores the interstices between cultures, philosophies, aesthetics and disciplines. Nazry holds a joint appointment at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. He is also an associate editor of Critical Muslim, a UK-based quarterly of ideas and issues that explores the great debate of our times from the Muslim perspective. His op-ed commentaries have appeared in The Guardian, South China Morning Post and Today, among others.
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Artist Lead | Vietnam
R. Streitmatter-Tran is an artist based in Ho Chi Minh City. He received his degree in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. His work, solo and collaborative, has been exhibited in several cities in the United States, Europe and Asia including the 52nd Venice Biennale; Asia Triennial Manchester 2011, 4th Guanghou Triennale, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, the Singapore Biennale 2006 and 2008; and the 2004 Gwangju Biennale.Writing, education, criticism and curatorial projects include The Rotterdam Dialogues at Witte de With, 5th Asian Museum Curators Conference, the Para/Site curatorial programme, Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Berlin, Times Museum in Guangzhou, China, Institutions for the Future (Shanghai), The Asian Art Space Network (AASN) and Art Sonje in Korea, and the co-curation of The Mekong platform for Sixth Asia Pacific Triennial (APT6) at the Queensland Art Gallery/GoMA in 2009. Lectures, panels and presentations at universitities include the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The School of the Art Institute Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Sotheby’s Institute of Art in Singapore, National University Singapore (NUS), Bangkok University and Silapakorn University in Bangkok.
He is a founding member of the Ho Chi Minh City-based arts collective, Mogas Station, and established the now defunct art and performance group ProjectOne in Saigon. In 2010, he founded DIA/PROJECTS, an experimental space for contemporary arts and research in HCMC.
Editor | Social Issues
Seelan Palay is a visual artist from Singapore whose practice focuses on the concerns and complexities of the communities he identifies with and relates to. Taking form in painting, drawing, collage, installation, and video, his work reflects broader questions and conditions found in our contemporary globalised society. Seelan is also part of EngageMedia, an NGO working to develop the video and technology capacities of activists in the Asia-Pacific region.
Melanie Chua is an editor and case writer focusing on socio-cultural issues and the arts. Her own work holds a humanistic interest in urbanity and contexts, and an experiment with form. Her recent art works include Urban Body (2012) and Next In Line (2014), which utilise the personal narrative revealing social products of culture.
Artist Lead (Hong Kong)
Born in Hong Kong, Hung Lam is a graphic designer who co-founded CoDesign Ltd. with Eddy Yu in 2003. In addition to his work, Hung is an active participant in international, cultural, art and design projects. He has won a number of prominent international awards over the years. Some of his works have been a part of the permanent collections of V&A Museum in England, Osaka Suntory Museum in Japan, Plakatsammlug Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich in Switzerland, Museum fur kunst und Gewerbe and Hong Kong Heritage Museum. In 2011, Hung is admitted as a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).
In recent years, Hung and Eddy engage in CoLab, establishing a new collaborative platform for social innovation through design. One of the CoLab projects, So…Soap!, not only attracts wide coverage of local and international media, but has also won several prestigious awards including Bronze Pencil, Sustainability in Design, One Show, New York and Grand Award, Design for Asia Awards, Hong Kong. The project was selected by Hong Kong Museum of Art as one of three representing works of Hong Kong to participate in the Liverpool Biennial 2012. Lately, CoLAB starts project “I’MPERFECT”, a movement promoting appreciation on imperfection, further enhancing social innovation through creativity and design.