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53rd Venice Biennale: 

Singapore & Thailand Pavilions

Cinema Paradiso

by Philip Cornwel-Smith

At the Venice Biennale, Singapore and Thailand parody their national identities by reappropriating movie heritage and the promise of paradise.

MING WONG, In Love For the Mood, 2009, production still by Melanie Choi. Courtesy the artist.

Amid economic calamity, people seek solace in fantasy. For this year’s Venice Biennale, the Thailand and Singapore pavilions—the only two representing Southeast Asia—toy with two kinds of escapism: going to the movies and taking a vacation. Recession also fuels nostalgia. The Southeast Asian artists
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