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Singapore's printed world goes to Venice

The rich history of local publishing is the inspiration for the Singapore Pavilion in the Venice Biennale.

Helmi Yusof
Published Fri, Aug 6, 2021 · 05:50 AM

SINGAPORE is small but its publishing scene punches above its weight. This often-overlooked aspect of the country has been a source of inspiration for visual artist and writer Shubigi Rao, who is set to transform the Singapore Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2022 into a celebration of Singapore's printing history.

Rao, 46, has been studying the global history of books and libraries for several years now. Her two published books on the subject, Pulp: A Short Biography Of The Banished Book (2016) and Pulp II: A Visual Biography of The Banished Book (2018), have both garnered critical raves and awards.

The Business Times named the former as one of the top titles of 2016, while the latter won the Singapore Literature Prize top award in the Creative Non-Fiction category in 2020.

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