A'shua Imran (b. 1986; based in Singapore + Barcelona, Spain) is a multidisciplinary artist who works predominately with painting, performance, photography & installations. He began his studies at LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore) and received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Goldsmiths, UK) in 2014. He has participated in several group exhibitions locally and presented his works in The Netherlands, Thailand, Israel, Egypt & U.K.
Currently, Imran is the artistic director of MURAL LINGO, a Singapore-registered social enterprise engaged in the arts, education and publishing. He founded the independent platform in 2014 with the primary focus on creating opportunities for artists to engage in and practice mural painting in their community. He regularly offers talks and workshops in educational & cultural institutions, and is currently traveling Europe and South Africa on an artist-in-residence program.
Portrait photography by : Lauren Knaffo, Tel Aviv, Israel 2015
As an artist-director who regularly organises collaborative performances, I’m accustomed to recognising the potent qualities of a performer’s gaze, gestures, movements and non-verbal communication. In the past year, through my experiences collaborating with Japanese 'shibari' artists, I became aware of another important quality; ‘momentum’. Momentum plays an important role in creating the spontaneous meeting points of the ropes in the paintings. A curiosity to investigate the underlying elements of 'shibari' performances became the conceptual starting point of my current series of paintings.
At first sight, most viewers may not realise that the ropes on the paintings go through a long preparation process prior to being bound to the canvases. Professional 'shibari' artists follow the same long and tedious processes of rope treatment (boiling in hot water, drying, stretching, oiling & burning of loose hairs) before applying them on their model’s bodies. By applying the same level of care and cautiousness towards an inanimate object, I hope to allow a transmutative process to take place, where human passion and sensualism takes a material form through the paintings.
The emotions and figurative cues that the paintings evoke may differ between each individual, but through the use of the colour red in this series, I invite the viewers to experience the enigmatic and unseen aspects of human desires. Red, to me, represents the rootedness we feel towards our own body, emotions, desires and the connectivity towards our environment and others. The colour signifies the first chakra, an energetic centre located at the base of the spine, primarily associated with survival in the physical realms of existence.
I make these paintings with the hope of reminding the viewers and myself that the ‘object’ is not separate from our mind or body; it is a reflection of it. Through my artworks , I wish to share the interrelationship between the ‘object’ and the maker, between ourselves and the world. I hope you will hear the whispers of the ropes as well, while gazing at my paintings with a silent mind.
2014 | Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore - Goldsmiths College, UK
2015 - 2017 | Founder & Director, MURAL LINGO, Singapore
2013 - 2014 | Braille transcriber & Illustrator, Association of the Visually Handicapped, Singapore
Selected exhibitions and performances:
2017 | "Performance Art Resource Orchestrator", Intersections Gallery, Singapore
2017 | "Expressions of Hope", Group exhibition, Hotel Vagabond, Singapore
2016 | "Antenna Galaxy-UFO Project", Neon Lights Festival, Font Canning, Singapore
2016 | "Antithesis", Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2016 | "QI", Group Exhibition, Telok Kurau Gallery, Singapore
2016 | "DEBRIEF" Exhibition, Canvas Creative Space, Singapore
2016 | "Toride City Urban Development Through Walls", Toride, Japan
2015 | "There is no Box", Pinacotheque de Paris Museum , Singapore
2015 | "Passive Aggressive Bonds", Harbouring New Truth, Singapore
2015 | "Yellow Experiment", Canvas Creative Space, Singapore
2015 | "Easy come easy go", Latent Space Gallery, Haw Par Villa, Singapore
2015 | "CHEMISTRY", Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2014 | "100th Feature exhibition", Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2012| "Now! Serendipity", KERS Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011 | "Squares invasion 50 x 50" , INSTINC Gallery, Singapore
2011 | "Found Objects", Praxis Space, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
2011 | "A cartographic desire", Praxis Space, Lasalle College of the Arts, SG
2010 | "Photography Foundation show", Praxis Space, Lasalle College of the Arts
Awards & grants:
2017 | Overseas Sponsorship Programme, 'Art Residency at Johannesburg, South Africa', Yayasan Mendaki, Singapore
2017 | Noise x Matchbox Grant - National Arts Council, 'A Migrant Mural', NUS, Singapore
2016 | Marketing and Development Grant, NAC, 'ANTITHESIS' Project at Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2014 | Matchbox Project Grant, NAC, Performance workshop at School of the Deaf, Singapore
2010 | Mural of the Year Award, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
Artist talks, workshops & collaborations:
2017 | "Pre-residency Artist Talk - Johannesburg, South Africa", Hotel Vagabond, Singapore
2016 | "Live drawings of Yoga", The Sanctuary, Koh Phan Gan, Thailand
2016 | "CHRISTIAN DADA", Supporting Artist Hajimi Kinoko for Rope Art Installation, Orchard, Singapore
2016 | "Artist Talk + workshop - Performance collaborations", Coleg Sir Gar School of the Art, Carmarthen, Wales, U.K.
2016 | "ALEXANDRIA", Performance collaboration, Rezodanse Studio, Alexandria, Egypt
2016 | "Jerusalem Hills",Performance collaboration Jerusalem, Israel
2015 | "Workshop on geometric automatism", Affordable Art Fair Autumn - Singapore,
2015 | "Workshop on automatism drawing & painting", Pinocotheque de Paris Museum, Singapore
2017 | 'A Migrant Mural' Exhibition, Goodman Arts Center , Singapore
2015 | "Silent March Project", School for the Deaf, Singapore
2015 | "Tapestry of life" community mosaic mural, studio Assistant - Delia Prvacki, at Marina South Pier MRT, Singapore
2014 | Yunnan Province Earthquake (Aug 2013) Honorary Consultant , Yunnan China,
2014 | Silent March Project, Performance workshops for School for the Deaf, Singapore
Selected bibliography & catalogues
2014 | Affordable Art Fair, 100th feature exhibition, fair catalogue pg 17, 2012 Serendipity Duo Show, KERS Gallery, Amsterdam
2011 | INSTINC, Square’s Invasion Exhibition catalogue, pg 3, In’Lakech (Painting), Singapore
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