Dirk Snauwaert —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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The NTU CCA Singapore Residencies programme is an integral part of the NTU CCA Singapore’s mission as a research centre and hosts artists, curators, critics and scholars from Singapore and abroad. The studio-based Residencies programme is dedicated to facilitating the production of knowledge and research for and by established and emerging artists. It serves as a forum for cultural and artistic exchange in Southeast Asia, augmented with public events Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, ranging from open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation. The application for residency at NTU CCA Singapore is via nomination, please email NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.


Dirk Snauwaert

Residency period

7 – 13 December 2015


Dirk Snauwaert (b. 1963, Belgium) has been involved with WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, since July 2004; he was appointed Artistic Director in January 2005. Before joining WIELS, Snauwaert was Co-Director of the Institut d’Art Contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alps, in France, where he was in charge of the exhibition programme and of the development of the FRAC Rhône-Alpes collection. He was Director of the Munich Kunstverein from 1996 to 2001.


Dirk Snauwaert will connect with local artists and explore the Singapore art scene as well as the larger region of Southeast Asia. Snauwaert will also give a public talk presenting ideas related to the exhibition Atopolis, organised by WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels) in collaboration with Mons 2015 – European Capital of Culture, which presented a group of artists interested in phenomena of circulation, diaspora and cultural dislocation. Twenty-three artists temporarily installed a proposal for an atopolis, or for an ideal city, connected to everyplace or anyplace. Snauwaert will also provide insight into the institution he directs – WIELS which combines a set of complementary functions: exhibition, production through an international residency programme and a robust education focus.

Public programmes

Residencies: Insights – Talk by Curator-in-Residence, Dirk Snauwaert (Belgium)
9 Dec 2015, Wed 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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Curator-in-residence Dirk Snauwaert will present ideas related to the exhibition Atopolis. In summer 2015, WIELS organised an exhibition in the Belgian town of Mons, on the premise of it being converted into a start up centre for creative technologies. The show is aimed at the touristic restoration of the region – another symptomatic case of using visual arts as a tool to develop a new market in cultural consumption. The proposed curatorial solution was to reconnect dialogues of critical contemporary discourse with those of the region’s history. Snauwaert will also provide insights into the institution he directs – WIELS, which combines a set of complementary functions: exhibitions, international residency programmes and education.