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Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has pioneered performance art, creating some of the form's most important early works. Exploring her physical and mental limits, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.
Abramović was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2010, Abramović had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in The Artist is Present at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Abramović founded Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), a platform for immaterial and long durational work to create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields.
Her most recent publication is Walk Through Walls: A Memoir, published by Crown Archetype on October 25, 2016. Her retrospective The Cleaner opened at Moderna Museet, Stockholm in February 2017 and has toured to seven additional European venues, ending at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia in 2019. In September 2020 the Bayerische Staatsoper presented the world premiere of 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, which will continue to tour to other venues. In 2023 she will present the solo exhibition After Life at the Royal Academy, and become the first female artist in the institution’s 250 year history to occupy the entire gallery space with her work.
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Lito Camacho is currently a Consultant for the Wealth Management Division of Credit Suisse, Chairman of SunLife of Canada (Philippines), and Board Member of STPI (Singapore). Lito was formerly Vice Chairman for Credit Suisse Asia Pacific. Lito joined Credit Suisse in March 2005 after a distinguished career in government and international banking. He was appointed Secretary of Finance for the Philippines in 2001, a position he held until November 2003. Prior to that, Lito was the Secretary of Energy for the Philippines. He was also Chairman of several government corporations and agencies.
Prior to joining the government, Lito was a Managing Director and Chief Country Officer for the Philippines at Deutsche Bank, AG in Manila. Before Deutsche Bank, Lito worked for Bankers Trust Company for over twenty years in New York, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines and Singapore.
Lito is currently a Director of SymAsia Foundation (Singapore), a Founding Member of Asia Peace and Reconciliation Council (Thailand), a Member of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s International Advisory Panel (China) and a Senior Advisor/Board Member of a number of other companies in the region. He was previously a board member of the National Gallery Singapore (2013-June 2021), the National Heritage Board of Singapore (2007-2013) and Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Bhd (2013-2019) and Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Bhd (2013-2022). Lito was also formerly a member of the Securities Industry Council of Singapore (2010-2017), the Securities Commission of Malaysia’s International Advisory Group (2008-2010) and the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum’s Group of Experts (2008-2012), and the Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Singapore (2007-2016).
Lito obtained his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics (cum laude) from De La Salle University in 1975. He received his MBA with concentration in Finance from Harvard University in 1979. In 2017, Lito was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration from Thailand’s Eastern Asia University, and was a recipient of Singapore’s 2021 Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat).
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Kim Camacho is a graduate of Harvard Business School, 1980 and an economics graduate, cum laude, from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, 1977. She trained in Seagrams Latin America in New York and worked for the National Development Company of the Philippines under the Minister of Trade and Industry. She then founded a fashion accessories business in 1984 before working briefly in property development. In 2001, she opened and ran the Sotheby's representative office in the Philippines.
She and her husband (banker and former Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Finance of the Philippines) Lito Camacho have been collecting art since 1981. Today, their collection has some of the most important works of one of the world's most popular artists, Yayoi Kusama. Their Gutai art collection is also well-known, having been started before Gutai was widely acclaimed in a Guggenheim New York retrospective. Both their Kusama and Gutai collections have been shown at the Ayala Museum. Their video art collection is considered to contain the largest private collection of digital video works of Japanese art collaborative, teamLab. Their collection also includes major works of American Abstract Expressionist, Alfonso Ossorio, and Filipino and Southeast Asian artworks. They regularly lend artworks to museums and art exhibitions around the world. She and Lito Camacho have 6 children, 2 of whom are artists - Bea, and Lorenzo. She now considers herself a full time art collector.
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Kataoka Mami joined the Mori Art Museum in 2003, taking on the role of Director in 2020. She has also taken on the position of Director of the National Center for Art Research since April 2023.
Beyond Tokyo, Kataoka has held positions at the Hayward Gallery in London, where from 2007 to 2009 she was the institution’s first International Curator; she has also acted as Co-Artistic Director for the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012), Artistic Director for the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) and Artistic Director for the Aichi Triennale 2022. Kataoka served as a Board Member (2014-2022) and the President (2020-2022) of CIMAM [International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art].
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Eugene Tan is the Director of the National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. He received his PhD in Art History from the University of Manchester. He has curated numerous exhibitions including the inaugural Singapore Biennale in 2006 and the Singapore Pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Recent exhibitions he has curated at the National Gallery Singapore include: Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s (2019), Minimalism: Space, Light and Object (2018); Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond (2016); Between Dreams and Declarations: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century and Siapa Nama Kamu? Art from Singapore since the 19th Century (2015). Other selected exhibitions include: Of Human Scale and Beyond: Experience and Transcendence (2012) at the Hong Kong Art Centre, as well as solo exhibitions by Danh Vo (2016), Lee Mingwei (2010) and Jompet (2010). He is co-author of the publication Contemporary Art in Singapore (2007) and has written widely for exhibition catalogues and art publications, including Art Asia Pacific, Art Review, Broadsheet, among others. He was formerly a member of the Board of Governance of CIMAM, the International Association of Contemporary Art Museums and serves on the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuHKA) in Belgium and the International Advisory Board of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. He also lectures on Art History at the National University of Singapore.
(From press information. Images courtesy of Bangkok Art Biennale)
24 October 2024 - 25 February 2025
Theme: Nurture Gaia
Chief Executive & Artistic Director:
International Advisory Committee:
Marina Abramović, Lito Camacho, Kim Camacho, Mami Kataoka, Eugene Tan