Nathalie Johnston —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Nathalie Johnston

Residency period

3 September – 10 September 2018

About

Active in Myanmar since 2009, Nathalie Johnston (United States/Myanmar) is a curator and researcher currently living in Yangon where she has been involved in numerous independent projects and initiatives. In 2016, she founded Myanm/art, an exhibition space, gallery, and reading room dedicated to promoting contemporary art in Myanmar by developing collaborations and showcasing artists’ works to local and international audiences. In 2013, she co-founded Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA), an archive and resource centre that aims to become the largest bilingual digital resource on the history and current state of the arts in Myanmar. Johnston is also the director of the art initiative TS1 Yangon and co-founder of Pyinsa Rasa art collective.

Focus

During the residency, Nathalie Johnston will connect with local artists and institutions to build connections between Singapore and Myanmar. She will present a talk entitled It’s Complicated to reflect on the contemporary art ecosystem in Myanmar and discuss the attitudes of the artists in light of the country’s current socio-political situation.

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Residencies Insights: It’s complicated talk by Nathalie Johnston (United States/Myanmar), Curator-in-Residence
5 Sep 2018, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Nearly a decade into Myanmar’s transition out of military rule, artists still struggle to find their voice. As the trajectory towards a democratic political system proves to be slow, volatile, and discontinuous, how does the artistic community negotiates its position against the backdrop of the seismic shifts that are currently taking place throughout the country? Faced with a new set of challenges, what kind of strategies do artists employ to carve out and maintain a critical stance? In this talk, Nathalie Johnston will reflect upon these issues by mapping out some radical artistic practices and patterns of resistance within Myanmar’s contemporary art ecosystem.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Active in Myanmar since 2009, Nathalie Johnston (United States/Myanmar) is a curator and researcher currently living in Yangon where she has been involved in numerous independent projects and initiatives. In 2016, she founded Myanm/art, an exhibition space, gallery, and reading room dedicated to promoting contemporary art in Myanmar by developing collaborations and showcasing artists’ works to local and international audiences. In 2013, she co-founded Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA), an archive and resource centre that aims to become the largest bilingual digital resource on the history and current state of the arts in Myanmar. Johnston is also the director of the art initiative TS1 Yangon and co-founder of Pyinsa Rasa art collective.

 

Image caption: 3AM performance art group. Courtesy Zayar Min.