Biography

Sherman is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His practice has always centred on the human condition and our relationships with others within the larger milieu.

Winner of the 2010 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award, Sherman has premiered works in Art Biennales, major Film Festivals and Museums around the world, including the Venice, Singapore and Jakarta Biennales, Mori Art Museum Tokyo, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Musee du Quai Branly Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, VideoBrasil International Electronic Art Festival, Singapore Art Museum, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Queensland Art Gallery, South Australia Contemporary Art Centre and Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania.

He is a founding member of 13 Little Pictures, a film collective based in Singapore. He also serves on the committee of the Singapore International Photography Festival, as an educator at schools and universities, and was an Associate Artist of the Substation. In 2009, he was invited to participate in the Singapore Pavilion, Venice Biennale which garnered a Special Mention. His works are in the collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum and the Seoul Art Centre Korea. He is nominated for the APB-Singapore Art Museum Signature Art Prize for 2011. He collaborated on the Little Sun project headed by Olafur Eliasson which premiered at the Tate Modern London in Sept 2012.

He is currently working on a Norwegian-Danish-Singapore film ‘Lucy & I’ and will be part of the Fukuoka Triennale 2014.

HONORS & AWARDS

2014 Honorable Mention (Motherland), 18th Contemporary Art Festival Videobrasil, Brazil
2010 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award, Singapore
Hubert Bals (Script Development) Fund, Netherlands
2009 Special Mention (Ming Wong, Singapore Pavilion) Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Best Screenplay (Hashi), Singapore Film Awards, Singapore
Forget Africa Commission, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands
2007 Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Artist Residency Award, Fukuoka, Japan
2005 Special Jury Prize (Exodus), Independent Film & Video Awards, Hong Kong, China
ArtConnexions:Goethe-Institut Artist Residency Award, Singapore
2004 Best Experimental Film (Exodus), Int’l Panorama of Independent Filmmakers, Greece
Special Jury Prize (Exodus), Malaysian Video Awards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Special Festival Prize (Exodus), La Cittadella del Corto Short Film Festival, Italy
2002 Best Documentary (The Ground I Stand), Malaysian Video Awards, Malaysia

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Seoul Art Centre, Korea
Malaysia-Singapore Collection, National University of Singapore

SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS

Singapore Government ASEAN Scholarship (1989-1990)
Singapore Film Commission Bursary (2001)
Associate Artist, Substation (since 2002)
Asia-Europe Foundation Young Photographer’s Forum Singapore (2002)
Asia-Europe Foundation Cultural Exchange (2007)
Singapore Film Commission Grants (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
Singapore National Art Council Grants (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)

COMMISSIONS

I want to Remember (2011, dance film) commissioned by Singapore Arts Festival 2011

When the end of Winter is almost Spring (2010, dance film) commissioned by Singapore Arts Festival 2010

Memories of a Burning Tree (2010) commissioned by Rotterdam International Film Festival, Forget Africa Programme, Netherlands

Banjir Kemarau | Flooding in the Time of Drought commissioned by Singapore Biennale 2008, nominated for the APB-Singapore Art Museum Signature Art Prize for 2011.

3 works on Cinema (Ticket Seller, Poster Painter and Collector) commissioned by Tang Fu Kuen, curator for Singapore Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2009 (Jury Special Mention in Venice)

HDB Housing Project (2006) commissioned by the National Museum Singapore

Exodus – Wanita Yang Berlari (2003, dance film) commissioned by the Indonesian Contemporary Dance Centre

60s Now (2002) commissioned by the Singapore Art Museum

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

Goethe Institute Art Connexions Residency (Hanoi, Vietnam) 2005
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan 2007
Rotterdam Film Festival Forget Africa Residency (Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania) 2009

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 ICON de Martell Photography Award, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
Ticket Seller, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, USA
2009 Sherman Ong, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Australia
2008 Hanoi Monogatari (Hanoi Story), Zeit Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan
HanoiHaiku: Month of Photography Asia, 2902 Gallery, Singapore
2007 Missing You, Fukuoka Art Asian Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2006 HanoiHaiku, Angkor Photography Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

Lost in Landscape, MART – Museum of Contemporary Art of Trento & Rovereto, Italy
The Disappearance, Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
ARTStage Singapore, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore

2013

Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Cinema), Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.
Cinema Encounters: Sherman Ong, Casa Asia, Barcelona & Madrid, Spain
Migrants (in)visibles, Espace Khiasma, Paris, France
Motherland – Xiao Jing, Open House (Marina), Singapore
Motherland, Chan Hampe Gallery, Singapore
18th Contemporary Art Festival Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Urban Living: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, Singapore

2012

Little Sun by Olafur Eliasson, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Asia Serendipity, Teatro Fernando Gomez, Photo Espana Madrid, Spain
Panorama, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
PIMP the TIMP Volume II, Galerie Lichtblick, 21st International Photoszene Cologne, Germany.
Cross-Scape, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea
I want to remember, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands
Crossing SEA(s), 2902 Gallery, Singapore (Fringe event of Art Stage Singapore)

2011

Unseen: Cinema of the 21st Century, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Changwon Asian Art Festival, Sungsan Arts Hall, Changwon, Korea
17th International Contemporary Art Festival Videobrasil, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Prague, Czech Republic
Cross-Scape, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Cross-Scape, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju, Korea
Metropolis – City Life in the Urban Age, Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Netherlands
Ming Wong:Life of Imitation, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA
Ming Wong:Life of Imitation, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Australia
Ming Wong:Life of Imitation, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
I want to Remember, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore
Singapore Survey 2011: Imagine Malaysia, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
Photo Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Short Cuts, Singapore National Museum, Singapore
Now or Never, ION Art Gallery, Singapore
Kumbukumbu Za Mti Uunguao | Memories of a Burning Tree
Kandy International Film Festival, Sri Lanka
When the end of Winter is almost Spring
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands
Tickets
Gdansk Docfilm Festival (Competition), Poland

2010

Ming Wong:Life of Imitation, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Malaysia-Singapore Cinema, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Daegu Photography Biennale, Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Korea
Nanjing Biennale, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China
Rainbow Asia, Hangaram Museum, Seoul Art Centre, Seoul, South Korea
The Tropics-Views from the Middle of the Globe, Jim Thompson Art Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
The Last Book, The Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Switzerland
Banjir Kemarau | Flooding in the Time of Drought
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands
Barcelona Asian Film Festival, Spain
Rome Asian Film Festival, Italy
Kumbukumbu Za Mti Uunguao | Memories of a Burning Tree
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands
Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden
Hong Kong International Film Festival, China
Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
Montreal World Film Festival, Canada
Bangkok World Film Festival, Thailand
Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
Mumbai International Film Festival, India
Rome Asian Film Festival, Italy
Milan Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Cinema, Italy
Cinemanila, Manila, Philippines
Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
When the end of Winter is almost Spring
Montreal World Film Festival, Netherlands
Tickets
Montreal World Film Festival, Netherlands
Hawaii International Film Festival, USA

2009

Ming Wong:Life of Imitation, Singapore Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Code Share:10 Biennales, 20 Artists, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Fluid Zone:Jakarta Biennale, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Die Tropen – Views from the Middle of the Globe, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Banjir Kemarau | Flooding in the Time of Drought
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Cinema Digital Seoul, Korea
Bangkok World Film Festival, Thailand
Osian Cinefan International Film Festival, India
Cinemanila International Film Festival, Philippines
Q! Film Festival, Jakarta Indonesia

Hashi
Best Screenplay Award, Singapore Film Awards, Singapore
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Barcelona Asian Film Festival Spain
Rome Asian Film Festival Italy
Sofia Film Festival, Bulgaria

2008

Wonder, Singapore Biennale, City Hall, Singapore
In-between (Asian Video Art), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Cut2: New Photography from Southeast Asia, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
The Last Book, Biblioteca Nacional Buenos Aires, Argentina
Photo Art Asia, Bangkok, Thailand
Out of Berlin…pass the picture! Goethe Institut, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
OsTropicos – Views from the Middle of the Globe, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cut: New Photography from Southeast Asia, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Exodus – Wanita Yang Berlari
Clermond-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France

Hashi
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
Mumbai Women’s Film Festival India, India

State of Things
Asean + 3 Film Festival, Sinema Old School, Singapore

2007

Photoquai-World Visual Arts Biennale, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
OsTropicos – Views from the Middle of the Globe, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasilia, Brazil
Singapore Art Show, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Making Heroes, Striking The Missing Chord, National Library, Singapore

Exodus – Wanita Yang Berlari
Independent Contemporary Dance Festival, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Films of Desire, Neemrana, India
Arts House, Singapore
HDB Housing Project
History Gallery, National Museum Singapore

2006

Another Asia, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
40º1`N/3º36`W, Aranjuez, Plaza de Parejas, Aranjuez Spain
Landscape & Architecture, Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ArtConnexions, Goethe Institut/IFA
RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
National Museum Jakarta, Indonesia
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Vietnam
IFA Gallery Stuttgart, Germany
IFA Gallery Berlin, Germany

Exodus – Wanita Yang Berlari
3rd International Dance Video Festival, Tokyo, Japan

The Circle
Commonwealth Film Festival, Manchester, United Kingdom

2005

Exodus – Wanita Yang Berlari
Videobrasil International Electronic Art Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
10th Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Awards, China
Jakarta International Dance Film Festival, Indonesia
VideoLisboa#5, Portugal

Drought (Dance Film)
Yokohama Art Triennial (Closing Presentation), Japan

Meat, Vegetables & Dessert
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands
4th Bangkok International Experimental Film Festival Thailand
ArtConnexions, Space 217, Singapore

The Circle
DIBA Digital Barcelona International Film Festival, Spain

El Pollo de Quijote
Finalist 4th Centennial of Don Quixote Short Film Awards, Spain

State of Things
Singapore Short Cuts, Singapore History Museum, Singapore

2004

Singapore Season, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Month of Photography, Singapore Arts Festival, Alliance Francaise, Singapore
Spirituality in Modern Singapore, Goethe Institut, Singapore

Exodus – Wanita Yang Berlari
International Panorama of Independent Filmmakers, Greece
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
Malaysian Video Awards, Malaysia
Bangkok International Film Festival, Thailand
Barcelona Asian Film Festival Spain
Circuito Off Venice International Short Film Festival, Italy
Turin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival, USA
La Cittadella del Corto International Short Film Festival, Italy (Special Festival Prize)
New York Asian American International Film Festival USA
Rome Asian Film Festival, Italy
Dance On Screen, International Dance Film Festival London, UK
Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Paris, France
Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Spain
Asia-Europe Foundation Dance Forum, Hebbel Theatre, Berlin, Germany
.MOV International Digital Film Festival, Philippines 2004

State of Things
Zero Gravity, Multimedia Art Asia Pacific, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2003

Towards the Month of Photography 2004, Alliance Francaise, Singapore
Exodus – Wanita Yang Berlari
Q Film Festival Jakarta, Indonesia
Di Mana Bumi Dipijak | The Ground I Stand
Videobrasil – International Electronic Art Festival 2003, Sao Paulo, Brazil
7th Thai Short Film and Video Festival 2003, Bangkok Thailand
State of Things
Emergency Filmmaking Project, The Substation, Singapore

2002

60’s Now, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Di Mana Bumi Dipijak | The Ground I Stand
7th Malaysian Video Awards, Malaysia
8th Hongkong Independent Short Film & Video Festival
Women Inspire Film Festival 2002, Singapore
2nd Singapore Shorts Film Festival, Singapore
Contemplation Room, Danish Ministry of Culture, Overgaden Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Danger Museum, Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK
Aus Kobberling, Kassel, Germany

2001

Time-Image in the Peranakan House, Central District Arts Festival, Singapore