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WAI TEIK

offerings

6 - 29 April 2018

OPENING: Thursday, 5 April 2018, 7-9 pm

ARTIST TALK: Sunday, 8 April 2018, 3 pm


Singapore is a new nation with deep roots in Chinese history. “offerings” examines how we construct and hold on to tradition in a time and place that is becoming increasingly ‘rootless’ in the artist’s view. Within the series, Wai Teik experiments with visual representations and social commentaries in a style seemingly at diametrical opposites.

The April 5th opening date marks astronomically the coming of spring and falling on Qing Ming Festival, denotes the occasion to remember, honor and tend to the graves of deceased ancestors. In rethinking, reimagining, and reworking the traditional representation of the ritual of offering, Wai Teik has imparted a contemporary sensibility to a mysterious progression in narrative.

 "…I’ve always been fascinated by the Chinese practice of venerating the deceased, and how this ritual still lives on in modern Singapore. I want to reimagine this tradition through a 21st century lens that’s informed by pop culture, fashion, science and technology…” Wai Teik

This body of works bridge the past with the present, Eastern & Western ideologies, and invites discourse and conversation.