An artwork titled The Past Moved by artist Bui Cong Khanh has been selected among the 15 finalists at the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2011 competition.

Confronting the rapid urban development in HCM City , Khanh has created large charcoal-on-paper backdrops of soon-to-be demolished areas of the city and invited residents to pose for photographs against them.

Documenting a space and time that will soon-be-destroyed to make way for modern buildings, the work explores the recording and making of history.

This year's shortlist was selected from the 130 artworks nominated by 24 countries and territories.

The 15 finalists come from 14 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific. Cambodia , the Chinese mainland, India , Indonesia , Japan , Malaysia , Australia , New Zealand , Pakistan , the Philippines , Singapore , Taiwan , and Vietnam have one finalist each, while South Korea has two.

Each of the 15 shortlisted works has stood out for its strength of concept and execution, and many are also extremely moving pieces.

The Signature Art Prize does not rest on a system of national quotas. Rather, it recognises and honours the outstanding merit of the singular artwork or art project.
All 15 finalist artworks will be featured at the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2011 finalists exhibition at Singapore Art Museum in November.

On November 17, the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Awards Ceremony will hand out awards to five winners, including one Grand Prize winner (45,000 or 35,000 USD), three Jurors' Choice Award winners (10,000 each USD) and one People's Choice Award winner (10,000 USD). /.