Art Buzz: 5 Must-See Highlights Of Singapore Art Week
With leading Asian art fair Art Stage Singapore kicking off the country’s annual power-packed visual arts calendar over the weekend, we bet your appetite for art has been whetted. We bring you the other must-see highlights from the close to 100 programmes, ranging from exhibitions, tours and talks, to film screenings and workshops, at this year’s Singapore Art Week, which officially wraps up with the Singapore Contemporary art fair this week.
1/5 Singapore Contemporary
Singapore Contemporary returns for its second edition with two new highlights—a platform dedicated to photography, and a special exhibition of works by artists out of Latin America. Highlighting the growing prominence of photography as a collectable art form, Photo17 Singapore features the works of renowned photographers such as Japan’s Daido Moriyama, France’s Vincent Fournier and Peru’s Martín Chambi. Meanwhile, Latin American Voices offers a snapshot of the region’s narratives with a showcase of more than 25 artists, including Pablo Atchugarry and Gustavo Vélez. From January 19 to 22, at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.
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2/5 Season 1: The Next Cut at Chan Hampe Galleries
Led by curatorial director Khairuddin Hori, Chan Hampe Galleries kicks off the year with Season 1: The Next Cut. The first part sees three exhibitions, including one by Singapore’s brightest young talents Ruben Pang, who was given carte blanche by the gallery to go beyond art studio conventions and respond to the site—a former shop lot. The result? A Totem For Your Genuine Internals featuring neon lights on aluminium panel. Pang says, “I treated the walls with the intention of making the gestures that I felt authentically, without thinking compositionally. I was very certain that if it mirrored what I was to myself at that moment, it had to be captured quickly.” Till February 9, at Chan Hampe Galleries.
3/5 We Are The World – These Are Our Stories
She’s one of Singapore’s pioneer performance artists, but Amanda Heng’s latest exhibition combines her collaborative, interdisciplinary approach with print and papermaking techniques. Highlighting the power of storytelling and collective art making, she engages 12 individuals from diverse backgrounds in conversation using objects that carry special meaning to them as a starting point. Each participant is then guided to create works filled with their own personal tatler_tatler_stories and memories, thus weaving a tapestry of shared human experience. Heng later pairs each of the 24 prints with a QR code that links to videos, audio recordings or photographs, transforming the work into the digital realm. Till February 25, at Singapore Tyler Print Institute.
4/5 Singapore Biennale 2016
With a title like An Atlas of Mirrors, it's little wonder that the mirror motif is a feature of some of the works on show at the Singapore Biennale 2016. But more than that, the international contemporary art exhibition draws upon the atlas and mirror to explore the shared hitatler_tatler_stories and current realities of artists within and beyond the region. The works of some 63 artists and artist collectives are waiting to be discovered, but two you need to have on your list are those by Thailand’s Pannaphan Yodmanee and Singapore’s Zulkifle Mahmod. Yodmanee was recently awarded the 11th Benesse Prize for her installation Aftermath, which explores Buddhist cosmology, while Zulkifle received a special award, the Soichiro Fukutake Prize, for his sound installation, SONICreflection, which incorporates voices and sounds collected from Asian migrant communities in Singapore. Till February 26, at various venues, including Singapore Art Museum.
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5/5 Lock Route
Inspired by Gillman Barracks’ former use as a military base and the 24km route march army recruits go through during basic military training, this public art showcase invites you to get up-close to 16 site-specific installations, sculptures and murals by 15 established and emerging international and Singapore artists. It’s hard to miss Los Angeles-based urban artist Cleon Peterson’s massive mural Land of Shadows throwing shade on Block 7, or the same menacing figure as a monumental sculpture, The Marcher, towering on the lawn opposite; alongside other thought-provoking works by Singaporean artists Gerald Leow and Sheryo+Yok dotting the grounds. Till June 30.