Artwork stuck at sea makes its way to Singapore Biennale

Bui Cong Khanh, Dislocate, 2014–16 (installation view). Courtesy San Art, Ho Chi Minh City

An art installation by Vietnamese artist Bui Cong Khanh, which was stuck at sea for close to two weeks last month, finally reached the shore, in time for its inclusion in the Singapore Biennale, opening 27 October, The Straits Time reports. More than 100 cargos from South Korean shipping company Hanjin – one of which was transporting the work from Vietnam – were left stranded at sea in various parts of the world, being turned away from some ports, while others refused to dock on fears of being seized by creditors.

The large sculptural installation, titled Dislocate (2014–16), is made of wood from the jackfruit tree and combines the woodworking artistry of Khanh's ancestral home in Fujian, China, with repurposed structures from a traditional wooden Vietnamese house and was carved over two years by artisans and the artist.

14 October 2016.