NEPN & Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland are delighted to welcome Singaporean artist Song-Nian Ang to Sunderland in March 2017.
Song-Nian will undertake a short residency, hosted by NEPN and the Northern Centre of Photography and will have access to the full range of chemical and digital darkrooms and facilities of the centre. Song Nian will also present a work in progress exhibition at the University’s Priestman Gallery, 1st Floor Priestman Building, Sunderland which will open with a talk from Song on Monday 27 March, 6-8pm. The exhibition continues to 28 April.
In Sunderland, Song-Nian will be developing an iteration of his project ‘Hanging Heavy on my Eyes’ which explores the visualisation of air pollution, using the daily average recordings of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) over a period of time to inform the production of silver gelatin prints, with each work responding to an individual day’s statistics. In Singapore the work recalls the artist’s experience of discomfort and the unease of reduced visibility, the abstract nature of the work both referencing the hidden impact of forest fires and the ‘haze’ caused by this.
Song-Nian’s visit is supported by Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), University of Sunderland and Arts Council England.
Song-Nian Ang (b. 1983, Singapore) works with found materials and traces of human behaviour, seeking to make them visible through photographic documentations and installation. Intrigued by the representation of thoughts and ideologies through visuals, he employs a microscopic approach to concepts and narration. His recent exhibitions include Hanging Heavy on my Eyes, presented at DECK as part of the Singapore Biennale 2016 (https://deck.sg/), Unearthed at the Singapore Art Museum, Engaging Perspectives at the Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore). He has exhibited in the Photo Espana Festival (Spain), Lianzhou International Photo Festival (China), Dali International Photo Festival (China), Gallery Jinsun (Seoul, South Korea), Hanmi Gallery (London) and the Institut d’Estudis Ilerdencs (Lleida, Spain).
Song-Nian’s works has been awarded the Winner for Photography in the Noise Singapore 2012, selected for the top 30 finalists in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in both 2011 and 2014, eCrea Award (Spain, 2010) and honourable mentions in Magenta Foundation Flash Forward (UK, 2010) and Association of Photographers Awards (UK, 2010). In 2012, he was awarded the International Graduate Scholarship for his graduate studies at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Song Nian is represented by 2902 Gallery.
Priestman Gallery, Priestman Building, University of Sunderland is open 9.00am to 9.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am to 6.30pm on a Friday. The building will be closed Friday 14 and Monday 17 April.
Image: Ang Song Nian, Hanging Heavy On My Eyes, installation at DECK, Singapore ©Marvin Tang