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Charles Lim

Artist, founder of the project Seastate

Charles Lim Yi Yong studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London, graduating in 2001. As a former professional and Olympic sailor, Lim’s artistic practice stems from an intimate engagement with the natural world, mediated and informed by field research and experimentation, drawing, photography and digital video.

His long-term Sea State project, begun in 2005, examines the political and biophysical contours of the nation state through the visible and invisible lenses of the sea. Lim’s work has been exhibited widely across Europe and the Asia-Pacific, at Documenta11 (with the collective and Manifesta 7, at biennials in Shanghai, Singapore and Osaka, and more recently in the Biennale of Sydney, Australia, the EVA International in Ireland, and the Aichi Triennale in Japan.

His recent solo exhibitions have been held at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2016) and the Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich (2017), and in 2015 he represented Singapore at the 56th Venice Biennale. His short film, All The Lines Flow Out, a meditation on the drainage infrastructures of Singapore premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival in 2011 won a Special Mention Award.

Update: 14 September 2017


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