Singapore, Tuesday 20 January
2016 –Sareth Svay has been named as the Overall Best Emerging
Artist at the Prudential Eye Awards 2016 for Contemporary Asian Art. Sareth
Svay will receive a total of US$50,000 as his prize as well as a solo
exhibition at START Art Fair at the renowned Saatchi Gallery later this year.
Svay was born in Battambang, Cambodia in 1972. In 1979 he moved with his family
to a refugee camp at the border of Thailand where he lived for the next
thirteen years. There he encountered a French volunteer teaching art and
learned how to draw. His art practice developed from his time in the refugee
camp and his work draws on the social and political history of Cambodia through
sculpture, performance and installation. He addresses his country’s history
through poetic and personal reflections.
Ratnam, Director of the Prudential Eye Programme said: “Sareth Svay’s story is
incredible and inspiring. His art work draws on a very specific context but
transcends that. He produces works that are funny, poetic and confident. He is
a worthy winner of the Prudential Eye Awards.”
Grace Fu, Minister for
Culture, Community and Youth said: “The Prudential Eye Awards is an
initiative between the public and private sectors that recognises contemporary
art and emerging artists in Asia. The contemporary art scene in Asia is vibrant
and growing and many young artists from the region have much to offer to
Singaporeans. This exhibition and Awards, the result of active participation of
the corporate sector, is giving us a great opportunity to appreciate the works
of these artists by bringing their works to Singapore. The support of the
private sector is crucial to the development of the arts in Singapore. A
strong ecosystem in the art sector is essential in realising our goal of
becoming a vibrant cultural city.”
Sean Rach, Chief Marketing Officer, Prudential
Corporation Asia said, “Prudential has a long heritage of supporting
contemporary art and we are proud to be hosting the Prudential Eye Awards in
Singapore for the third consecutive year. All of these artists provide a unique
view into the heart and soul of this dynamic and vibrant region, and we hope
these Awards will help them gain greater international acclaim while further
raising global awareness and appreciation of Asian contemporary arts and culture.”
Launched in 2014, the prestigious annual Awards
recognises the best emerging Asian contemporary artists as well as the leading
exhibitions, galleries, institutions and art critics working to promote Asian
The third edition of the Prudential Eye Awards
featured ten Awards, with five categories of Best Emerging Artist, using
including digital/video, installation, painting, photography and sculpture.
Grace Fu, Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, officiated at the 2016
Awards, held as part of Singapore Art Week and also made the presentation to
the Overall Winner.
the awards is a public exhibition at ArtScience Museum which will run from 16
January to 27 March 2016. The exhibition will shine the spotlight on 39 works
from the 15 shortlisted artists for the Prudential Eye Awards in the following
categories: Digital/Video, Installation, Painting, Sculpture and Photography.
This is the second year that Marina Bay Sands is hosting the prestigious awards
ceremony and the exhibition.
The winning artists
As well as being nominated the overall winner, Sareth
Svay also won in the category of Best Emerging Artist Using Sculpture.
Each winning artist received a reward of US$20,000 at
a red carpet awards ceremony at the MasterCard Theatres - Sands Theatre at
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Huang Po Chih (Taiwan) won in the category of Best
Emerging Artist Using Installation.
Manish Nai (India) won in the category of Best
Emerging Artist Using Painting.
Shumon Ahmed (Bangladesh) won in the category of Best
Emerging Artist Using Photography.
Trinh Thi Nguyen (Vietnam) won in the category of Best
Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video.
Other award winners
Thai artist Sakarin Krue-On was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for
Asian Contemporary Art. His
works have consistently addressed Thailand’s traditions from a contemporary
perspective and his practice is rooted in concerns specific to Asia. With
experience of exhibiting both at the Venice Biennale (twice) and Documenta, the
artist has taken these local concerns to a global stage.
award for Visual and Pop Culture recognising creativity
that blurs the borders of art and shows a contemporary aesthetic drive across
cultural products was handed to Thai rock group Slot Machine, who is known for their unique
Thai sound, particularly through the use of guitar melody and vocals, which are
rooted in traditional Thai music.
Other category winners that were announced at the awards are Spring
Workshop (Hong Kong) as ‘The Best Asian Contemporary Art Institution’ and ‘Great
Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s – Japan, South Korea and Taiwan’ from
Para Site (Hong Kong) as the Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art.
The Prudential Eye Awards 2016
- Overall Emerging Artist of
Sareth Svay (Cambodia)
Huang Po Chih (Taiwan)
Trinh Thi Nguyen (Vietnam)
Manish Nai (India)
Shumon Ahmed (Bangladesh)
Sareth Svay (Cambodia)
- Lifetime Achievement Award
for Asian Contemporary Art
Sakarin Krue-On (Thailand)
- Visual & Pop Culture
Slot Machine (Thailand)
- Best Asian Contemporary Art
Spring Workshop (Hong Kong)
- Best Exhibition of Asian
‘Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s – Japan, South Korea and
Taiwan’ from Para Site (Hong Kong)