Diploma in Visual Communication, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
Master of Art in Communication Art and Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Heman Chong (b. 1977, Muar, Malaysia) is an artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. He has recently produced a series of interconnected exhibitions located in Art Sonje Center (Never, A Dull Moment, 2015), South London Gallery (An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories, 2015), Rockbund Art Museum (Ifs, Ands, Or Buts, 2016), 72-13 (Because, the Night, 2017) and Swiss Institute (Legal Bookshop (Shanghai), 2018).
He has participated in numerous international biennales including 1st Yichuan Biennale (2016), 20th Sydney Biennale (2016), 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014), Asia Pacific Triennale 7 (2012), Performa 11 (2011), Momentum 6 (2011), Manifesta 8 (2010), 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), SCAPE Christchurch Biennale (2006), Busan Biennale (2004), 10th India Triennale (2000) and represented Singapore in the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).
In 2006, he produced a writing workshop with Leif Magne Tangen at Project Arts Center in Dublin where they co-authored "PHILIP", a science fiction novel, with Mark Aerial Waller, Cosmin Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt and Steve Rushton.
In 2014, he co-founded “Stationary'”with Christina Li. A collection of stories published by Spring Workshop, defined as a recess from their own practices, 'Stationary' invites artists, curators and writers to take stock, chart and elaborate on their obsessions, fascinations and influences within a suspended temporal moment. Copies of ‘Stationary’ are distributed free of charge via stationarystories.com.
He is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of ‘The Library of Unread Books’ which has been installed in NTU Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in Manila and Casco Projects in Utrecht.
Chong's work is included in the permanent collections of Art Sonje Center, Kadist Art Foundation, M+ Museum, NUS Museum, Rockbund Art Museum and the Singapore Art Museum.
He is currently working on a novel ‘The Book of Drafts’ which will be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019.