Bio

A'shua Imran (b. 1986) is a Singaporean artist working 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 exhibitions and presented his works in Singapore, The Netherlands, Thailand, Israel, Egypt, U.K. South Africa and Spain. 

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 participated in an artist-in-residence programme between September to December 2017 at Bag Factory Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

 Photographed by: Jun Tsujioka at Intersections Gallery, Singapore, 2017

Photographed by: Jun Tsujioka at Intersections Gallery, Singapore, 2017


Artist Statement

My exploration with ropes began as a curiosity about the underlying elements of ‘shibari’ performances - an erotic Japanese bondage art form that uses ropes to create geometric patterns that contrast beautifully with the human body’s contours. Practitioners rely on the tensions produced by knotting, tugging and pulling ropes across their partner’s body to foster a palpable connection with them, even where there is no contact between their physical forms. 

The essence of ‘shibari’ hence lies in the delicate trade of submission and dominance, and of the psychological trust and emotional intimacy established between partners. Within such a context, the rope acquires a deeply symbolic meaning of power exchanges; of vulnerability, of strength against exposure, of calm at the edge of risk. As an artist who regularly delves into the performative, I intuitively recognise the potency of non-verbal communication between two individuals: the way the gaze, gestures, movements and momentum operate to create forms of heightened sensuality.

“Le Rouge” was born out of this precise exploration and manifested itself as a series of rope-bound and red-painted canvases. Through the use of the colour red, viewers are invited to experience the enigmatic and otherwise non-visible aspects of human desire. In the spirit of the ‘shibari’ artists who follow a long and tedious process of rope treatment (first boiling it in hot water, then drying, stretching, oiling and burning any loose hairs), I apply the same degree of care and attentiveness towards my art-making. A ritualistic and transmutative process takes place as sensuality assumes a material form.  


Curriculum vitae

 

Academics:

2014 | Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore - Goldsmiths College, UK

Professional experiences:

2014 - 2018 | Founding Director, Mural Lingo, Singapore
2013 - 2014 | Braille transcriber & Illustrator, Association of the Visually Handicapped, Singapore

Selected exhibitions/performances: 

2017 | "Becoming", Post-residency exhibition at Bag Factory Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017 | "Performance Art Resource Orchestrator", Intersections Gallery, 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, Marina South Pier, Singapore

2015 | "Easy come, easy go", Latent Space Gallery, Haw Par Villa, 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

Workshops, talks, commissions & collaborations:

2017 | "Le Rouge", Window Installation at The Room, Barcelona, Spain

2017 | "Visiting Artist Talk" | Wits School of the Arts - Johannesburg, South Africa

2017 | "Blind drawing workshop" | North-West University - Potchefstroom, South Africa

2017 | "Pre-residency Artist Talk", 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 | "Geometric automatism", workshop, Affordable Art Fair Autumn - Singapore, 

2015 | "Automatism", workshop, Pinocotheque de Paris Museum, Singapore

Residencies:

2017 | Bag Factory Arts, (Visiting Artist Program - 3 Months) Johannesburg, South Africa

Community Projects:

2017 | 'A Migrant Mural', Collaborative mural with Migrant Workers, National University Singapore

2015 | "Tapestry of life" community mosaic mural, Support Artist to Delia Prvacki, at Marina South Pier MRT, Singapore

2014 | Ludian Earthquake (August 2014), 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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