Shabbir Hussain Mustafa

Shabbir Hussain Mustafa is Senior Curator at the National Gallery Singapore, where he researches art from Singapore and Southeast Asia. At the Gallery he currently leads the curatorial team overseeing the development of a long-durational project title Siapa Nama Kamu? (in Malay, What is Your Name?), an exhibition space that surveys art in Singapore from the 19th century to the present.

He was formerly curator at the National University of Singapore Museum (2007-2013), where his curatorial practice centered on the deployment of archival materials as a means towards engaging different modes of thinking and writing.

His projects have ranged across Southeast Asia, including the critically acclaimed Camping and Tramping through The Colonial Archive: The Museum in Malaya (2010-13) and The Sufi and The Bearded Man: Re-membering a Keramat in Contemporary Singapore (2010). At NUS, he also conceived the experimental project space prep room: things that may or may not happen and other accumulative platforms such as malayablackandwhite, writing power:Zulkifli Yusoff (2011), semblance/presence: Renato Habulan and Alfredo Esquillo (2012), Curating Nation (2011) and In Search of Raffles’ Light (2013-present), a multimodal project that meditates upon Singapore’s complex relationship with the sea and its industrial infrastructures. He writes often and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, Singapore chapter. Most recently, he was curator of the Singapore Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale where he realized an exhibition titled SEA STATE: Charles Lim Yi Yong (2015).