SINGAPORE. Milan Image Art Fair is ready to open its first international edition entitled MIA&D Fair, which will be the first art fair of its kind that showcases a wealth of contemporary art in the form of photography, video and design in Singapore. The fair will be held at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre from 24th to 26th October 2014.
Conceived in 2011 by Italian collector Fabio Castelli, MIA&D Fair is set to bring art and design collectors, artists, curators, along with photography enthusiasts from around the world. The fair, which is held under the patronage of EXPO Milano 2015, the Embassy of Italy in Singapore and the Italian Institute of Culture, will be a platform for new encounters and cultural exchanges on photography, video and design between Asian and Western countries. For the first time, MIA&D Fair Singapore will present a Design section, which will showcase a curated selection of collectibles and furniture, which aims to propose a new dialogue between design and photography, thus distinguishing the fair from other art fairs in Singapore.
MIA&D Fair believes that Photography, Video and Design Art are all expression of profound contemporary artistic research. In the last twenty years, photography and design have spoken a similar language. Photography is no longer considered as a mere decorative medium, but it has been regarded as one of the highest forms of expressions in contemporary art. Similarly, Design is also recognized as an expression of creativity.
Following the success of this year’s MIA Fair in Milan which saw 20,000 attendees, the fair in Singapore will feature 120 artists, 50 international art galleries, spanning 30 countries, and will include curatorial sections such as “MIA Proposal” section, dedicated to emerging artists who are not represented by galleries. The fair will also showcase “Mekong Platform” entitled WATER/Life Line – Photography and Video art from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, curated by Loredana Pazzini Paracciani, which will highlight diverse stories told by Mekong artists, focusing on their relationship with the river, as an unconditional source of life and a compelling inspiration.
In addition, MIA&D Fair will offer its visitors wide-ranging cultural programmes including “Collecting Photography”, a talk to be conducted by Gwen Lee, curator and director of Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF). Other programmes include a discussion on the Mekong Platform by Loredana Pazzini Paracciani, a talk on the connection between photography and design by a panel of speakers including gallery owner and art director Claudia Pignatale and Singaporean designer Hunn Wai, as well as a workshop on legal issues concerning images and related rights, chaired by the intellectual property and art lawyer, avv. Cristina Manasse, who will be joined by Lam Chung Nian, partner at WongPartnership LLP, Singapore.
“Singapore has established itself as the central arts hub in Asia Pacific and is known as the key connector for business across Asian cultures, making it the perfect location for our first-ever overseas exhibition,” said Fabio Castelli, Founder and Director of MIA&D Fair. “We are broadening the exposure of talented artists to Asia, with the concept of a unique art fair that has never been showcased before in Singapore.”
“With a strong focus on promoting education in collecting photography and design, MIA&D Fair provides a special platform for young and aspiring art collectors. We will also reach out to more art enthusiasts – artists, galleries, designers, critics, publishers, collectors, and propose a unique way of visiting an art fair that emphasizes the pleasure of discovering quality, novelty and innovation”, commented Lorenza Castelli, Organization Director of MIA&D Fair.