Photo by Carla BianpoenArahmaiani is one of the country’s most outspoken artists, known for her strong stances on tolerance and pluralism.Art Stage Singapore will open its doors for the 2017 edition of the art fair on Jan.11. But, in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Singapore, it will first host the Balestier Award for Freedom of Art expression.
The third edition of the award has three finalists — Indonesian contemporary artist Arahmaiani, Myanmar’s Aye Ko, and Vietnamese artist Chaw Ei Thein. The winner, which will be announced on Jan. 10, will also take home a cash prize of US$15,000.
Born in Bandung in 1961, Arahmaiani is known as one of the country’s most outspoken activist artists, whose fame stretches to the corners of Asia and the West. A rebel in the eyes of her adversaries, she has been lauded for her bravery and strength, daring to stand up...