Vietnamese artist among top 15 at Singapore's Art Prize

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Vietnamese artist Bui Cong Khanh's artwork Qua khu da qua (The past moved) has been selected among 15 finalists out of 130 nominated artworks at this year's Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize in Singapore.

According to an announcement by organizers, of the contestants from 24 countries the finalists are from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam.

"Groundbreaking in their artistic insight and concept, technique and expression, they will be vying for the coveted Grand Prize, three Jurors' Choice Awards and the People's Choice Award," the organizer said.

The Grand Prize winner will receive US$37,215, whereas each winner of three Juror's Prizes will be awarded $8,270 each for noteworthy works.

In addition, a People's Choice Award ($8,270) will be given to the work with the most online and on-site public votes.

Bui Cong Khanh's Qua khu da qua art work, featuring charcoal on paper backdrop and a photograph, is a message of the new face of urbanization in Ho Chi Minh City, as the artist believes that sooner or later old houses and areas will be replaced with new modern buildings.

Qua khu da qua together with other 14 finalists will be displayed from November 11 to March 4 at Singapore Art Museum.

This year, artworks by five Vietnamese artists including Bui Cong Khanh, Ly Hoang Ly, Nguyen Minh Phuong, Pham Huy Thong and Le Thua Tien, were nominated at the event.

The announcement of winners will take place on November 17.

Established in 2008 by APB Foundation and the SAM, the triennial APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is a prominent platform for both emerging talents as well as established names, and reflects developments in the region's contemporary art landscape.

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