LAB 2013-2014 > Birgitte Sigmundstad & Sherman Ong – Lucy and I

Birgitte Sigmundstad & Sherman Ong – Lucy and I


Birgitte Sigmundstad

NORWAY


Birgitte Sigmundstad is a visual artist, working mainly with photography and video. She was educated at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design. She has made several short films and experimental documentaries, 'A Good Motive' (2013) being the latest. 'The Collector' (2012) was a commissioned work from the Henie Onstad Center about Sonja Henie. 'If a traveler to Serbia on a winter's night' (2008) was shown at Eurodocs in 2009. Several of her films have been shown at the Short Film Festival in Grimstad: 'A letter to the Minister of Culture' (2013), 'A New Direction' (2011), 'Why have there been no great female artists?' (2006), and 'That's Entertainment' (2005). Birgitte has also had solo exhibitions at the Ram Gallery (2013), Oslo Art Society (2010), Stenersen Museum (2008) and participated in group shows at several galleries. Her work has been included in the National Art Exhibition, 'Høstutstilingen', six times since 1993, most recently in 2010. In 2007 she received Einar Granum Art Award and in 2012, Birgitte was granted guaranteed income for artists from the Norwegian Government.


Sherman Ong

SINGAPORE


Sherman Ong Sherman Ong was born in Malaysia and lives and works in Singapore. 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 was an Associate Artist of the Substation and 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. 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 a project headed by Olafur Eliasson which premiered at the Tate Modern London in Sept 2012.




LAB PROJECT:

Lucy and i



Through the format of creative documentary, a very contemporary hybrid, the film will explore questions of origin, migration, diaspora and the idea of moving as the main themes. Trivial matters and problems are put up against bigger ones and questions are raised through an exchange of visual letters between Norway and Singapore. The film consists of small episodes where one scene or episode / monologue raises a question that the other tries to reflect / resonate from a different perspective.